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Mistype Twitter or Facebook, win an iPad (or not)

Robert McMillan | Nov. 1, 2010
Twitter says it's 'not happy' about a marketing site that looks like Twitter and promises free gifts

Facebook says sleazy marketers are responsible for the ubiquitous "Win a free iPad" or "Win a $1,000 gift card" scams that have been circulating on the social network.

These typosquatting surveys don't seem any better.

"These surveys appear to be data mining operations as well as sleazy pay-per-click advertising techniques," said Andrew Brandt, lead threat researcher with antivirus vendor Webroot, speaking via instant message. "They're not delivering malware, but they are convincing enough that some people are probably providing lots of personally identifiable information about themselves to less than reputable advertisers."

"Add to that the fact that some of these companies sign you up for paid SMS services in the fine print, and it starts to become clearer how you will be negatively affected."


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