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BBB Warns: Don't Fall for Scams Involving Death of Steve Jobs
October 06, 2011

Pittsburgh, PA – October 6, 2011 – The world is mourning the death of icon, Former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, and scammers are right there to take advantage of the bad news.

As always, the death of celebrity figures brings scammers out of the woodwork. Within hours of Jobs’ death, scammers started taking advantage of Facebook users. One scam reads: “In memory of Steve, a company is giving out 50 iPads tonight. R.I.P. Steve Jobs” and is followed by a link. There are no free iPads being given out. The link actually takes users to a page to complete online surveys. The link went through the bit.ly service and the company has since shut it down. Unfortunately, thousands of victims clicked on it before then.

This is just the beginning of scams that will try to make money off of Jobs’ death. BBB warns consumers to stay away from anything that looks questionable or sounds too-good-to-be-true and be sure to limit your link-clicking to reputable websites that don’t claim they will give you something for free. Delete any emails that may seem too-good-to-be true.

In cases like this scam, the scammers’ goal is to drive more traffic to certain websites, which is how the scammer earns his or her money: a commission for every survey completed, every product purchased, and/or every account compromised. They also use them to spread malware and obtain personal information.

Contact Facebook Security if you see something questionable. For more consumer tips go to www.bbb.org.

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