Advent tip #8: (Don’t) click here for a free iPhone!

Would you like free tickets to a One Direction concert? How about a free iPhone?

If you’re not interested in those, how about some free cash? Apparently, Bill Gates is giving $5000 away!

Except he isn’t, and these are all scams.

Time and time again we see scammers using implausible promises of free stuff to lure in people.

Perhaps they want you to spam your Facebook friends by sharing something, maybe they want to take you to an phishing page, or perhaps their goal is to get you to inadvertently download malware. Whatever the reason, it’s not worth taking the risk.

If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. So do yourself and your friends a favour and avoid sharing!

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