There’s nothing new in Internet scams; it’s only the prizes that change, it seems. Today’s fake Facebook giveaway scam is promoting the idea that it will land you a tasty Galaxy S4 smartphone.
I’ve been seeing this (I won’t link to it) pop up on my own Facebook feed a few times over the weekend — which sadly means I have friends who I need to educate a little — but it fails most of the basic sniff tests, given that the language use is imprecise, which is unlikely for a genuine marketing effort.
There’s the obvious fact that the S4 isn’t due to be announced until Mid-March in any case, although the scammers have covered off on that, promising that “We received 5000 Samsung Galaxy S4 (64GB) which can not be released, Therefore, we will take 5000 people among those who share this photo and Like Our Page.” There’s even branding confusion within the page, as “Galaxy S4″ and “Galaxy SIV” are used interchangeably. Samsung’s own official communications always use roman numerals for Galaxy products, and that’s unlikely to change.
Still, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and a quick check with Samsung this morning noted that, indeed, it’s absolutely not official and a total scam. You have been warned.