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SECURITY VENDOR Symantec has revealed details of an email scam offering unwitting people an unannounced Apple Ipad 3.
The con is hoping to take advantage of the hype surrounding the fruit themed firm's next generation tablet. Attackers imitate Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and claim the two firms have joined forces for a one off promotion for which they have been randomly selected.
Like other scams the recipient is prompted to visit a web site specially made for the promotion and fill in a survey to claim the Ipad 3 completely free. In an attempt to persuade the victim, they are told the offer is open for only one day.
Sean Butler at Symantec said, "The goal of the scammers here is to obtain personal information from the user and to verify that their email address is valid, which they will undoubtedly use to send more spam to in the future. The scammer might also be making money through click fraud, whereby they make money every time a user clicks on the link to the survey."
If the recipient happens not to see the email until after the 'deadline' they are advised later on in the email that an Ipad 3 might still be reserved for them so it's still worth checking.
Facebook said, "Remember, always be on the lookout for scams and spam. You may have seen an email circulating supposedly from our founder, Mark Zuckerberg, asking you to fill out a survey to win a prize. Please ignore these messages, they are not authentic." µ
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