There are NO free iPads / iPhones in memory of Steve Jobs

Filed Under: Apple, Facebook, iOS, Social networks, Spam

Repeat after me - Apple is not giving away any free iPads, iPhones or MacBooks in memory of Steve Jobs.

Nevertheless, it appears that many people believe that the company is doing a special promotion to honour the passing of their late founder judging by the number of people who are currently being scammed on Facebook.

The scams began within hours of Steve Jobs death, and have - if anything - escalated over the weekend.

The following message is being seen on Facebook frequently right now:

In Memory of Steve Jobs, we're Giving Away 1000 iPad 2's

In Memory of Steve Jobs, we're Giving Away 1000 iPad 2's
[LINK]

To celebrate the life of Steve, we have decided to give away 1000 iPad 2's to honour Steve, who passed away earlier this week.

If you do click on the link you are taken to a webpage that encourages you to share the message with your Facebook friends (adding the phrase "Thank you Steve").

Notice how the page explains that time is limited, and there are only a small number of free iPads remaining - that's a deliberate trick on the part of the scammers to fool you into rushing into the scam without thinking.

iPad scam offer

Regular readers will not be surprised to hear that the scammers are pretending to offer free Apple hardware in the hope of driving traffic to revenue-generating online surveys.

A similar scam is being seen regarding free limited edition iPhones, again allegedly being given away in memory of Steve Jobs:

In Memory of Steve Jobs, Apple has decided to give away 1000 Limited Edition iPhones

In Memory of Steve Jobs, Apple has decided to give away 1000 Limited Edition iPhones
[LINK]

Users are duped into believing that if they share the link on Facebook with their online pals, and add the message "Thank you Steve from (city)" they will receive a limited edition iPhone.

iPhone scam webpage

And the scammers also claiming that you can receive a free MacBook too..

In Memory of Steve Jobs, Apple has decided to give away 1000 Black Macbook

In Memory of Steve Jobs, Apple has decided to give away 1000 Black Macbook

In this case, the scammers urge you to share the link with your Facebook friends, adding the message "RIP Steve":

Facebook scam page

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10 Responses to There are NO free iPads / iPhones in memory of Steve Jobs

  1. Just Me. · 1017 days ago

    Simply disgusting.

  2. mez · 1017 days ago

    i want one, whats the url?

    • I hear you can get hold of one via <a href="http://www.apple.com" target="_blank">www.apple.com

      • mez · 1016 days ago

        I want a free one like the ones in the article

        • s.andreas · 1014 days ago

          Doesn't anyone read the articles on this website? (I do, of course.)
          There is no such thing as a free iPad, or any Apple technology in that case.
          I can't believe people fall for this stuff every time; then again, it is in human nature to do such things.

          • Natasha · 994 days ago

            I agree with you... It's all about greed, Andreas... I'm not trying to be negative but there's basically no free meal in this world :P

  3. Kyle · 1017 days ago

    I don't get how this is working.

    I mean, I get it's a scam, but I don't see the point from the scammers perspective. All the site is doing is Sharing it's own link on Facebook and updating the comments.

    How is this thing attempting to make money?

  4. Cerberus1981 · 1017 days ago

    Unfortunately, the people that need to see this message the most... tend not to peruse computer security blogs of any sort. :(

  5. don · 890 days ago

    like usual scammers breed like cockaroches everybody want free,free, free, the magic word free. ppl will never change they see free and there brains go into the get nothing for nothing

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