Users on Facebook are being swamped with messages claiming that they have received free iPhones. These messages invite others to participate in a scheme to receive a free iPhone as well. What users don’t realise is that the messages are being sent by a number of applications that request access to their profiles & walls.
A free iPhone – ‘Yes Please’ .. it’s no great surprise that people want to take advantage of an unbelievable offer to a free iPhone
Well , don’t be fooled – this is what happens when you click the link….
Firstly , the application home page is displayed with the message “Click here for your FREE iPhone4”
Like any other application on Facebook , it requests permission to access your personal information and access to posting on your wall. You’re going to allow it for a free phone worth around £600 right?
Once the application has been given the permission to access, it congratulates you and request you take a survey to complete your transaction. The survey directs you to a website that also earns money for the spammers/hackers on a commission basis.
Are you ever going to see your shiny new iPhone4 ? Nope.. not a chance. All that will now happen is that your Facebook wall will fill up with messages telling everyone you have a free iPhone 4 and encouraging them to do likewise.
If you are one of the (un)lucky ones to register for a free iPhone4, goto your Application Security settings and remove the any of the applications listed below, and remember, you don’t get anything for nothing!:
‘Safari for iPhone application’