How can you tell if a Facebook freebie offer is legitimate or not?
1. First, look and see how old the Facebook page is, and that it has normal status updates. New pages can be an indication that the page was created just to make the free offer.
2. Look at the "About" page to find information about the company and a link to their website. If it's not there, that's a red flag. Anyone can create a Facebook page, even if they are unrelated to the company whose logo they display.
3. Google the company name to find if there is a real company and the link to their website. Look to see if there is any reference to that facebook page and free offer posted on their website.
4. Note if you get unrelated pop-up windows, that should not happen with legitimate offers. Google the offer to see if any sites have reported it to be a scam.
5. Find a phone number on the main company website and call them to get a confirmation that they are really making the free offer.
6. If you're in doubt, don't apply for the freebie, you are risking giving your email address to hackers who take advantage of the popularity of freebie offers by creating a phishing scam. If you've already applied, change your email password right away to a strong combination of letters, numbers, and special characters. This is a good reason to create a free email account to use just for signing up for freebies.
7. 'Unlike' the questionable pages and remove any unneeded apps from your Facebook account. Usually the offer will ask you to "allow" access to your account and friends, and could post from your account, even without showing on your timeline.
Here’s how to clean up your Facebook account and get rid of unwanted apps:
1. Log in to your Facebook account and go to https://www.facebook.com/settings
2. Click on "Apps" in the left column to see the ones that have access to your account. Click "Show All Apps" at the bottom to see the entire list.
3. Click on "Edit" for each app to see what access they have. If you choose to remove them, you can click the "X" next to the app and delete it. It will ask you if you want to delete it, click "yes." You'll also be able to check a box to remove all their activity on your account.
Here is a famous free offer scam that circulated for years - http://www.buxr.com/deal/free-.....ook_114093
In fact, Facebook never removed the page https://www.facebook.com/swisswatchservice
and the 2 bogus offers for keyrings and pens are still there.