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When Apple announced the release of its hot new personal computing device, the iPad, many consumers thrilled at the thought of getting their hands on one. Although the snazzy new tablet is an enticing product, you should use caution if you receive an invitation to try an iPad and keep it free of charge.

A scam aimed at exploiting the public’s desire to try the latest and greatest products has cropped up on the popular social networking site Facebook. The ploy requires you to “register” your personal information, including your cell phone number, in order to become an iPad “beta-tester.” In addition, the unlucky target is asked to invite his or her friends to register for the “test.” Unfortuately, victims are signed up for a premium cell phone service charging about $10 per week.

These scams are all too common. Unscrupulous individuals are always trying to take advantage of people looking for a good deal. Remember, though, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you suspect that you are the victim or a target of a scam, you can find information on consumer protection and fraud reporting on the Michigan Attorney General’s website.


  1. Gravatar for Tom

    Facebook has now promised to block these adverts as soon as they are made aware of them. There are still other, legitimate, ways of getting an iPad for free though - just for affiliate marketing type sites.

  2. Gravatar for Amy from
    Amy from

    I agree 100% with Tom. Yes there are people out there who are always going to want to make money by scamming hard working people, but I worry that genuine affiliate advertising will suffer from the negative press that the 'free ipad' scams are generating. I'd encourage people to be smart and decide for themselves, and not be put off simply because there was one .com scam doesn't mean that there aren't hundreds of thousands of genuine websites out there, just use your common sense and you'll be fine.

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