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Online mischief-makers focusing on social media love to take advantage of your emotions. They convince you that you can see your Facebook stalkers The Truth About the Stalker Tracker on Facebook The Truth About the Stalker Tracker on Facebook Read More , disguise themselves as political activists, and even use mourning to generate clicks. It’s no surprise, then, that scammers have been quick to latch on to the death of Steve Jobs.

There are a few scams known to be circulating the Internet right now. Perhaps the most widely known so far combines two powerful forces – the death of a public figure, and free stuff. It propagates on Facebook in the form of a link that claims Apple is offering free iPads, which sends you to a survey Make Free Professional Online Surveys With Survey Monkey Make Free Professional Online Surveys With Survey Monkey Read More . Another scam claims that if you enter your email address, you’ll have the chance to win a free MacBook Pro.

 

 

Yet another dupe, spotted online by a Kaspersky Lab’s employee, involves a website that claims to have photos of Steve Job’s funeral and coffin, as well as other details. Again, visitors are prompted for their email address in exchange for a chance to win free Apple products.

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All of these scams are relatively low on the scale of potential security threats, but high on potential annoyance. They exist to harvest email addresses and sell them to spammers, or make money through affiliate programs.

That’s not to say a scam using the death of Steve Jobs couldn’t be a security issue, however. Malicious websites containing exploits are common. As usual, it’s best to be careful, and approach unknown Facebook links with caution.

Source: Time Techland

  1. Link Building Services
    October 18, 2011 at 9:22 am

    This scam display us that every coin has two side. We can never think on that for any serious discussion or for any emotion , there is no value in people heart and they just think for own self. Thanks for making all people aware with such activities.

  2. Cmvondoom
    October 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Hey!!!

    DId you check out STEVE JOBS QUOTES AND TRIVIA APP on the Apple Store???

    A nice way of remembering this GREAT MAN on your iOS device!!!

    Check the reviews for the opinions of other people ;)

    If you like it, please share it!!! :)

    • Tina
      October 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks for the tip!

  3. Scoots McGee
    October 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Can yall pleeeaaaseeee post links 2 these giveaways? I really want a new iPad2 but cant ufford one!!!!

    • sabih
      October 11, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      WOW! Did you NOT read this article! IT IS A SCAM! Go back to school!

      • TEM
        October 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm

        It was sarcasm. While he goes back to school you better go out and find a sense of humor.

  4. Larry McC
    October 11, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    After all the public education and warnings, why do people continue to fall for this stuff?

    • M.S. Smith
      October 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      Blind hope? Heck, some people probably click on them by mistake. 

  5. Amrik Virdi
    October 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks for the alert! I will tell my friends to be aware of this scam. I have also mentioned an article on steve jobs here:  http://www.explorefeed.com/steve-jobs-has-died.html

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