According to a post that is circulating rapidly on Facebook, Adidas is giving free shoes to everyone as a means of celebrating its birthday. The post urges you to click to get your shoes while supplies last.
no Adidas shoes are being given away and the post has no association
with the company. This is just one more in a seemingly endless parade
of Facebook scams
that promise various freebies in exchange for spamming your friends and
supplying your personal information via dodgy survey websites.
you click the bogus post, you will be taken to a fraudulent webpage
designed to look like it is part of Facebook. Once on the fake page, you
will be asked to share it on Facebook and then send a page link to five
of your Facebook Groups. By completing these ‘2 simple steps’, you
promote the fraudulent giveaway on behalf of the scammers and expose
your Facebook friends and fellow group members to the scam.
after completing the steps as requested, you will still not get to claim
the promised shoes. Instead, a popup window will appear that claims
that before getting your giveaway, you must first complete a survey as a
‘final step’ in your entry process. The popup will feature links
to various survey websites.
The linked sites will offer the chance
to win further prizes in exchange for filling in surveys and supplying
your name, phone numbers, home address and email address. But, the
information you provide will be shared with third party marketing
companies. Fine print on the page will explain that, by participating,
you are in fact giving permission for these companies to contact you.
Therefore, soon after participating, you will begin receiving marketing
messages for various products and services via email, surface mail,
phone, and SMS.
And, no matter how many surveys you complete, you will never get to claim your Adidas shoes.
Each and every time that somebody supplies their information via one of the survey sites, the scammers will earn a commission.
get caught by these scams. Do not participate in any supposed
giveaway in which you are told you must share and like the promotional
material and participate in surveys before you can claim the