The lines were long yesterday before the Apple stores even opened for the first day of sales of the new iPhone 6. It does appear that the iPhone 6 does have a lot of new and exciting features. As always, however, whenever the public is excited or enthusiastic about something, so are the scam artists who are ready to exploit the public’s fascination. A scam is appearing on Facebook where you are asked to “like” a promotion found on your Facebook page where merely by completing a survey and sharing a link with your friends, you will receive a free iPhone 6. Of course, you are not going to get a free iPhone 6 in exchange for merely completing a survey and sharing a link with your friends. What you are going to get, when you complete this particular survey, which requires you to provide your cell phone number, is a cramming charge on your cell phone bill for a text messaging service for which you have unwittingly signed up. As for your friends, if they click on the link that you have enabled them to receive, they will end up defrauded as well.
The old saying, “if it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t true” still stands. No one is giving away free iPhones to everyone who merely completes a survey. Legitimate companies do ask their customers to complete surveys and sometimes they will even provide an inducement for completing the survey, but generally, your reward is to be enrolled in a lottery for a particular prize. Everyone who completes the survey does not get a valuable prize. On the other hand, scammers are constantly sending out surveys that either, within the fine print, sign you up for an expensive services that is often added to your phone bill through a scam called “cramming” or they take the personal information you provide and use it to make you a victim of identity theft. As difficult as it sometimes may be, everyone should carefully examine their phone bill each month to make sure that no fraudulent cramming charges are included on the bill. If you find one or more, you should contact your phone service provider and instruct them to have the charges removed. Also, be wary of providing personal information to anyone even if they seem legitimate. Think about whether that information that you are asked to provide could be used against your best interests.