Trend Micro is urging users to take caution before giving in to free iPad 3 scam posts on Facebook.
Trend Micro, which specialises in delivering Internet content security and threat management solutions for businesses and consumers, recommends users to ignore similar posts and inform their contacts of the scam.
The number of such scams is increasing due to the upcoming launch of the new Apple iPad 3, says fraud analyst Christopher Talampas from Trend Micro.
The news of the launch has travelled and people search websites to find more information about the product. This presents a lucrative opportunity for cyber criminals who try to take advantage of the curiosity of people through new scams.
Several posts on the popular social networking site Facebook try to lure people by announcing free iPad 3s to chosen few who win a bogus contest.
People are encouraged to share their information online and also refer the contest to their family and friends.
A few pages at Facebook ask users to promote or refer the link by posting the exact link to social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging (IM) applications.
Talampas notes that users may often become a spammer themselves unknowingly by copying the link to their own websites or pages.
One iPad 3 scam also requests users for mobile phone numbers and network providers through competitions.
Using the iPad name to spread cyber criminal activity is not new and last year a scam on Facebook promoted the giveaway of 1,000 iPads following the death of Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs.
Users should take caution while browsing social networking websites or read books by Trend Micro such as A Guide to Threats on Social Media and How Social Engineering Works.
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