Too good to be true!

People, this should really go without saying, but many of you get nabbed by this every day.

If you see a Facebook group called “Get Your Free $1000 Wal-Mart Gift Card,” or “First 1000 Gets a Free iPad,” or any basic variation on “you should do this simple thing because the reward is just too good to be true,” then just accept that it’s fraudulent.

Is this to say that no one ever wins anything from an organization with a Facebook page?

No, of course there are some businesses that use Facebook to tell customers about cool giveaways.

The general difference, though, is that the real Facebook group isn’t solely based on the human desire to get a free lunch, or gift card, or iPad, or whatever.

I don’t care what time of night it is and how much you’ve had to drink, just avoid the temptation to click on the too-good-to-be-true frauds. Of course you wish that they were real. I wish that they were real. But 999,999 out of a million times it’s just some clickjacker who’s trying to get you to do something that you don’t really want to do.

If you’re really in doubt about something, then you can send me an email or comment on a post. I’ll answer your question. I’ll even refrain from making fun of you. But I’m telling you right now to save both of us time: it’s a scam. Stay away.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on March 25, 2010.

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