Facebook scammers have wasted little time in exploiting news of the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs as a theme for survey scams. The conmen's marks are told that an unnamed firm is giving away 50 iPads in memory of Cupertino's billionaire gadget baron. Applicants are invited to complete an online survey to "qualify" for the …
shouldn't that read
exploit peoples greed?
It's much much harder to scam an honest man. The scammers use your greed and lack of honesty as weapons against you.
several born every minute
"unnamed firm is giving away 50 iPads in memory of Cupertino's billionaire gadget baron. Applicants are invited to complete an online survey to "qualify" for the fondleslab prize."
Facebook is more awash with the standard post-Jobs jokes - as expected.
and it was only when I visited the Reg that a post-Jobs joke began to make itself known --
It wasn't me that coined the term 'fondleslab' . . .
Scammers using method X exploit current event Y
They'll try anything these days. To quote a classic, there's one born every minute…
A simple variation of the standard 419 scam email isn't it.
I greet you in the name of god. I am (Insert plausible Name) the nephew/ cousin/ wife/ lawyer of (insert name) of recently deceased famous person. He left (insert big number) (spell big number on capitals) on trust in (insert name of bank -better if far far away).
We picked your email address out of the trillions in existence as we value your close personal friendship with (insert another name). Therefore we propose to allocate you (nice big thing or amount) but we need (a large number of currency) to pay the release tax on this amount from (insert name of bank again).
yours in god and trusting you to keep this transaction secret
(plausible name again) .
Often Mr Plausible claims to either be a Barrister or oddly enough maybe thats his first name.
I'm sure there must be enough drooling baboons to make this kind of insult to the intelligence pay off. But you'd think they run out of them one day wouldn't you?
I always say that if these 'lads from *****' or elsewhere in ******* spent just 10% of their energies in honest endeavour instead they would probably be running the planet by now.
IF AN OFFER IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
IT USUALLY IS.
The way I generally put that
is "If an offer seems too good to be true - it IS." Or you can substitute "usually" with "always".
unscrupulous marketing firms
Is there another kind?
Yes, but due to their non-industry standard marketing strategies you haven't heard of them nor are you ever likely to.
P. T. Barnum, was right
He would have loved facebook.
I'd buy that for a dollar!
"premium-rate text messaging services of dubious value (eg, daily horoscopes)"
Sadly, many people really would buy that for a dollar, and consider themselves getting service of value.