Facebook iPad scam will subscribe you to premium-rate SMS

4 March 2010

We suspect our avid Bitterwallet readers are too savvy to fall for some dickish Facebook (and Twitter) scam, but you'll no doubt have plenty of friends and family who aren't, so point them at this.

Obviously Apple doesn't bother beta testing new products with puny earthlings, so the whole thing is a lot of old balls. If you give your details away to the scamsters - specifically, your mobile number - then you can expect to find yourself subscribed to premium rate SMS services. Nice. It looks like it's geared towards US users only, but we're not going to to test that theory:

TOPICS:   Social Media   Gadgets   Scams


  • Jase
    Oh how I love a good scam. On a whole what they're doing is wrong, but if people are stupid enough to actually enter that personal data then they deserve to have a premium SMS service skimming their bank balance. What the people get is self-inflicted, I have no sympathy for them.
  • SimbaK2K
    Ofcause its a bloody scam, why would anyone give out free iPad's for review? If your dumb enough to fall for it you get what you deserve.
  • Robert
    Got an invite for this. Whoever falls for this, deserves what they get
  • SimbaK2K
    Thats what I said, but my comment is awaiting moderation.
  • Jack
    @Robert in some ways I agree and sometimes I think the same, some people are so oblivious to things like this, how can anyone believe some of this crap which is pushed on Facebook. They should'nt use the internet if they fall for these things. However you do have to think, these are people who are oblivious, and things like this shouldn't be allowed and should be removed ASAP, you wouldn't like losing money would you.
  • @Jack
    Of course it should be removed, but these kinds of scams have been around for ages. You still get those people who forward the emails like 'Bill Gates will pay $100 for every one who sends this on', this is another version on it. When I respond to those people who forward crap like that, they reply 'I thought it was a fake, but I sent it just in case it's real...'. They never learn!
  • Degeneratemoo
    @Robert. Don't be a knob. It's fine for you as you probably grew up with PC's in your life and are internet savvy and have a clue what you are doing, but there are plenty of older people who have rarely had anything to do with PCs until recently. These scams are designed to pick on people who have limited knowledge/experience of using the internet. Nowhere on that video did I see any explanation that you would be signed up for a premium SMS service. A lot of people expect Facebook to a safe and moderated service, which of course it isn't.
  • Steve B.
    @ Degeneratemoo. 1) So if someone knocked on your door and said "Go outside and for everyone you shout at, I'll give you a tenner", would you do that? Would you? Hmm? Would you? 2) Secondly, if one of these alleged people were all signed up to facebook and in the market for an iPad, would you not say that said "older people" were slightly above the level of "limited knowledge/experience of using the internet"? There's really very little left of the population left standing who haven't grown up with PCs (see, no greengrocer's apostrophe for me) in their life. But one thing has stayed consistent: there's one born every minute. PCs in life or not.
  • Dumbass
    Hi. I came over this thing on facebook one night. It was like 05.00 in the morning as I had been out drinking all night. And at that point I just thought "hey, why not!" and I actually signed up for the stupid thing. I woke up the next morning thinking "wow, that was a really bad idea!" But the thing is, I don't know whether i completed the thing. I haven't gotten any confirmation e-mail or any text messages or anything. I think maybe I clicked it away at some point and just thought "ah, screw it!" but im not sure. Does anyone know if you can tell whether you are signed up for anything or not. Also i live in Norway, not the US, so maybe it didn't work on me, or I don't know. I was pretty drunk and don't remember to much of all the whole process. So. anyways. Is the a way to see if they are draining you for money, or a way to unsubscribe or something. since I haven't gotten any confirmation of any kind, im kind of assuming that it didn't work, or that I just blew of the process. and yes. It was extremely retarded of me, regardless of level of intoxication. But if anyone had any advice, i would really appreciate it.
  • Steve B.
    @ Dumbass - don't get so drunk. Dumbass.
  • Dumbass
    yes. I know. it was stupid, and retarded in everyway, but if anyone know anything on the subject, then please let me know...
  • Jase
    @Degeneratemoo - the internet is a dangerous place. If you don't have the knowledge (or as I call it, common sense) to keep safe then you shouldn't be using it. People fall to these scams all the time. They blame the scammers when really they should be blaming themselves. They haven't been held at knife-point for the contents of their wallet, they've been stupid enough to hand over enough information for someone to take advantage of it. Their loss of money is self-inflicted. The same goes to the people who have lost their jobs through inappropriate posts on Facebook and Twitter. Anyone see the teaching assistant who was suspended because she did a status update laughing at a little girl (her pupil) crying? Now how could you post that and not expect a consequence?

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