serving Eastern North Carolina warns consumers
who may be eager to get their hands on the newest technology to stay away from
offers to become a “tester” to get a free iPad.
after its release, the promise of a free iPad has become the latest trick to
gain access to your personal and bank account information. Bogus offers claim you can become a ‘tester’
or ‘researcher’ and get an iPad for free, but BBB warns you not to fall for
inevitable that scammers would take advantage of the excitement over the iPad
to rip people off, just as they did with the iPod and the iPhone,” said Beverly
Baskin, President & CEO of BBB serving Eastern North
Carolina. “The offer of a free iPad is a deal that sounds, and definitely
is, too good to be true.”
Tech Web site
recently warned about spam e-mails requesting product testers for the iPad. The
e-mail directs recipients to the Web site Testitandkeepit.com which claims that
they are looking for people to test the iPad for a couple months, and as
compensation, you get to keep the iPad. The red flag with this offer is that
you have to provide your e-mail address and password in order to “tell your
become a tester on Facebook also cropped up, but with a different intent. As
software company Sophos
explains in an online video, the Facebook page “iPad Researchers Wanted—Get an
iPad Early and Keep It” was designed to trick people into signing up for a cell
phone subscription service that cost $10 a month. Sophos alerted Facebook to
the page—which had already racked up more than 3,500 fans—and it was taken
down, but users should be on the lookout for similar offers.
bogus offers come under the guise of becoming a tester, McAfee
reported on their security blog that spam e-mails have landed in inboxes
offering free iPads—the catch is that you have to buy items first and provide
your credit card number.
planning to buy an iPad, BBB recommends shopping through an authorized retailer
or directly with Apple. Eventually a
secondary market for the iPad will spring up online on sites like Craigslist or
eBay. If you plan on buying an iPad from
the secondary market, be sure to purchase it from someone local and never wire
money as payment.
advice on how to be a smart online shopper, visit http://easternnc.bbb.org/consumer-tips-technology/.