Date
23 October 2017
"iPhone 6 Giveaway" is being used as bait to prod netizens into parting with personal information. Photo: Facebook
"iPhone 6 Giveaway" is being used as bait to prod netizens into parting with personal information. Photo: Facebook

Beware of iPhone 6 Facebook scams!

With the iPhone 6 buzz gaining momentum ahead of Apple’s Sept. 9 ‘special event’, scamsters are getting busy on online platforms with fraudulent emails and lottery offers.

Some tricksters are resorting to Facebook scams in which are netizens are asked to “like” or “share” a particular link in return for a chance to win the new iPhone. Once a person clicks on the weblink, hackers can steal personal details and other information on the user which can then be sold.

One can find more than 10 Facebook pages offering the chance to win iPhone 6 through lottery if one does a search for “iPhone 6 Giveaway” on the internet, Sky Post reported Friday. Some of the pages were established last month.

The pages are said to have lured many users aged between 18 and 24 and collected more than 10,000 “likes” so far.

Charles Mok, a legislator representing the IT sector in Hong Kong, said there is a chance of leaking personal data on things such as hobbies, work information and friend zones even if users just “like” those pages. The information collected through that route could be used by some firms for marketing and promotion purposes in the future, he said.

Potential buyers of such information include new brands that seek more targeted marketing.

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