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Learn to identify which social media giveaways are scams

Learn to identify which social media giveaways are scams

Learn to identify which social media giveaways are scams

We show you some small keys to know how to differentiate between a fake Facebook draw and a real one.

Have you never found a draw on Facebook or Twitter? The vast majority are false, and nothing more than trying to get hold of your data to get economic benefit. It is surprising because this type of event seems to work outside the law: they have been working for years and the law does nothing to solve it.

If we identify a false draw it is best to report it directly to the social network where we have seen them, since in this way we will not only be making many people not be deceived, but we are also preventing scammers from continuing with their plot (if they block the use of Facebook, they will not be able to continue).

Tricks to identify fake sweepstakes

Let’s analyze this (clearly false) draw for an iPhone 5s that supposedly comes from Apple itself. Come on, they have nothing more and nothing less than 87 iPhone 5s cases (valued at 61,000 euros at the time) that they cannot sell and that they kindly want to give away. These are some little tricks that will help us differentiate between a real (and legal) draw:

  1. The texts are translated from other languages ​​and it is not a perfect Spanish. On the other hand, they also have obvious misspellings.
  2. Many times it is something that is left over and cannot be sold, either because it is not sealed or because it does not meet quality standards.
  3. The draws are made through domains that have nothing to do with the official brand. For example, iphone-sorteo.ucoz.es has no relationship with Apple or any other brand of the company. The logical thing would be for them to do it on their own domain.
  4. The draw is done from a newly created page. Really, Apple would not use its Facebook website, where they have millions of followers, to do this kind of thing?
  5. The draw has no legal basis.
  6. Breach Facebook rules. In this case, Facebook does not allow or ask that the publication be shared or that I like it.

There are even cases where they give away cars. And not cheap cars, but high-end. And in industrial quantities, that is, not one or two, but several hundred. The worst thing is that people share the posts and comment thinking that they are really participating in a green giveaway.

With these types of tricks and along with common sense, they won’t sneak up on us. And, the best antivirus that we can have while browsing the Internet is that, the common sense.