You might be surprised at receiving what seems to be an email from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, notifying you that you have been selected to receive both a free Apple iPhone 4 and iPad 2. But before you thank your lucky stars and follow the link, consider the likelihood that this email is legitimate.
Why would Apple and Facebook be partnering up to promote their respective products when they absolutely do not have trouble selling it/attracting users? Moreover, how realistic is that Facebook’s CEO would actually mail anybody with such an offer – and from a Hotmail address to boot?
“Mark” says that you have been picked randomly from Facebook’s database and that you just need to complete a survey and the free devices are guaranteed. But once you follow the link, you see that the prize is not guaranteed:
“The motivation of the spam message claiming to come from Mark Zuckerberg, is to drive traffic to online competitions and surveys like this – the spammers will earn affiliate commission every time they trick someone into signing up,” explains Graham Cluley. In this particular case, users are duped into signing up for a £4.50 a week mobile phone service.