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How to spot fake freebies

submitted on November 26, 2009 by YanBz in "Member's Lounge", last updated on March 30, 2011 by YanBz
Goob at "Hey It's Free" investigated one of freebies - Free Snuggie (which we posted on Buxr as well). His findings and methods are very interesting and educating. Here is a quick round up with my own additions:

1. Check the website design. Too simplistic, has Google Ads?
2. Check the about page. Does it have sufficient information about the company?
3. Check the domain with WhoIs for registration details. Domains registered recently or with hidden/private details are suspect.
4. Try to call the phone numbers on record. Does anyone answer?
5. Search "[domain name] scam" in Google or other search engine. Did anyone already report the scam?

List of fake freebies:

Goob's blog post:

Our own blog post on the subject:

The Snuggie deal on Buxr (now rejected):

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  • 79581
    Posted by YanBz on September 16, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Bumping up. Please add this post to 'Favorites' (use the button with green plus sign on the right-hand side) so you can easily refer to it when you are not sure about a freebie.
  • 109412
    Posted by HouTex on March 30, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    Bumping up this topic to give you a few clues that will help you spot fake freebies or phishing sites.
  • 109419
    Posted by YanBz on March 30, 2011
    [reply] 1 0
    The wiki page with fake freebie sites is fairly outdated now. I am working on replacing it with something that could be dynamically updated based on the freebie deals we reject daily.
  • 109579
    Posted by pammcreynolds on March 31, 2011
    [reply] 1 0
    Thanks for the heads up.

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