OK, folks, let’s try this again: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Now, keeping that in mind, will liking a Facebook page result in a free iPad Mini, a free pair of high-end headphones from Beats Electronics, or a free hair straightener from GHD?
Waffles at Noon reported on the Beats Electronics and GHD hoaxes late last week, speculating that the perpetrators aimed to collect large numbers of likes, and then sell and rename the pages. Sadly, the scam appears to be working, as the blog pointed out that the fake GHD page currently has more than 151,000 likes, while the authentic GHD page totals just over 22,000.
CNET followed up with its report on a fake Apple page that had accumulated more than 47,000 likes.
The pitches for the fake pages were similar, with the fake Apple page posting, as reported by CNET (unedited):
We have got 82 boxes of iPad Mini’s that can’t be sold because they have been unsealed. Therefore we are giving them away for free.
Meanwhile, Waffles at Noon reported that the fake Beats Electronics page posted (unedited):
We have got 1,239 boxes of Dre Beats and 250 Monster Beats By Dr Dre Studio Limited Edition that can’t be sold because they have been unsealed. Therefore we are giving them away for free.
And the fake GHD page posted, as reported by Waffles at Noon (unedited):
We have got 569 GHD Hair straighteners that can’t be sold because they have been unsealed. Therefore we are giving them away for free. Want a pair? Just Share this photo & Like our page then we will choose 569 people completely at random on 20th March.
Readers: Have you seen any of these hoax posts?
Fake Apple Facebook page screenshots courtesy of Steven Musil/CNET. Fake Beats Electronics and fake GHD screenshots courtesy of Waffles at Noon.