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qingboyangcui said:   how to recognize which free stuff is fake
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ETA: There was supposed to be a link here, WYSIWYG editor was apparently malfunctioning and I didn't realize it didn't post. Here's the link: How to spot a possible fake scamming, spam harvesting, phishing website.

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Anything posted by LeonorLake, probably a shill planted by the scammers. Recent scams posted by OP include Free Manicure Set from Ladue Nails & Spa, and today a Free hanger,spoon or toothbrush from PSM products

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Where Is Baby's Belly Button? Through Simon & Schuster. It was supposed to be free. It's a fraud! They sent me a confirmation, about a month ago. I never received it. I heard it was cancelled by others.

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The restorsea sample posted today, and removed by the mods, was a fake. Website was hacked, I called CS and they ARE NOT giving away samples at this time, nor was she even aware of this link.

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This is FAKE also, Sent out my name and everything. Still waiting for it!!

https://www.baconlube.com

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Is it common with this type of fake offers? :/

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Free Manicure Set from Ladue Nails & Spa, and a Free hanger,spoon or toothbrush from PSM products are both scam offers posted by the same OP who has a history of posting such offers. Possibly hacked websites, offers are not on home pages.

This info added 091514 ...

Also, Free Multi-Color Bath Light from Ladue Nails & Spa September 15, 2014 [bathlight]
Simply fill out this Short Form to receive a Free Multi-Color Bath Light from Ladue Nails & Spa. This is a LED bath light, that makes for an Awesome Freebie! Offer is while supplies last, so donít delay! Limit one per household. Allow 3-5 weeks for Shipping.

Contacted Ladue & Web page designer ... Page is HACKED ...
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MoldOff: The Mold Removal Spray ... Page was HACKED ... NO samples ...
NOTE: Recently, we had a page on our website hacked offering free samples. Unfortunately, we donít offer samples and we apologize for the inconvenience. It is possible the scam was used to capture your email address, so please change your password just to be safe.
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Everyone please be carful when filling out for free stuff.
Even when you use your phone number or key fobs for your local stores.
I had found out about a couple of months ago that my information can be sold without my contest.

I am on the DO NOT CALL LIST. But they still call/harass for all fundraising and the election crap. (change phone number)
I had ask how they had find my phone number (real one)/ They had said CVS/Walgreens.I do not know if true or not . But I stop using the cards and giving out my email. (junk- email)

I am sorry for the rant. But I feel that I must warn everyone to be careful.

Here are my steps to be safe.

1. use an junk email if you don't already.
2. use an fake phone number (if you don't already.
3. use an different zip code or tell them you are form out of town.
4. use a different name or shorten name or pet's name--

5. RENEW the DO NOT CALL LIST. It expires every three years--

https://www.donotcall.gov/

6. head over to white pages, yellow pages, and www.Spokeo.com delete your personal information off.

7. GET LIFELOCK> IT WORKS. IT is worth it.
Once again I am sorry for being an negative nancy . I do not want anybody else go through what I had been going through.....

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I wouldn't mind applying for a freebie. What would happen at its worst?? Not receive it.. that's orite.. nothing to lose but might end up receiving some free products..

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NOT SURE IF THESE ARE LISTED, BUT AFTER SOME INVESTIGATING I FOUND OUT THE FREE VEGAN CASTILE SOAP OFFERED ON FACEBOOK BY MOONFLOWER SPA IS A FAKE, MOONFLOWER SPA DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE,OR ATLEAST THATS WHAT AN EMPLOYEE TOLD ME.

PLUS, THE FREE PEACH SOAP SAMPLE OFFERED BY SALONANDDAYSPA.ORG SENT ME TO FULL SERVICE SPA CONTACT INFO, AND THE NUMBER IS NOT A WORKING NUMBER.

I AM STILL WONDERING ABOUT THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE WHISKEY ASSOCIATION THOUGH, NOT SURE IF ITS FAKE OR LEGIT YET.

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I think anything that's posted as FREE nowadays is associated with SCAM or some catch..sucks for promotional offers some merchants offer.

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JACLY said:   NOT SURE IF THESE ARE LISTED, BUT AFTER SOME INVESTIGATING I FOUND OUT THE FREE VEGAN CASTILE SOAP OFFERED ON FACEBOOK BY MOONFLOWER SPA IS A FAKE, MOONFLOWER SPA DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE,OR ATLEAST THATS WHAT AN EMPLOYEE TOLD ME.

PLUS, THE FREE PEACH SOAP SAMPLE OFFERED BY SALONANDDAYSPA.ORG SENT ME TO FULL SERVICE SPA CONTACT INFO, AND THE NUMBER IS NOT A WORKING NUMBER.

I AM STILL WONDERING ABOUT THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE WHISKEY ASSOCIATION THOUGH, NOT SURE IF ITS FAKE OR LEGIT YET.

† WHY ARE YOU YELLING ?

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Thank you so much for this post! I stumbled upon the Alterna Skincare one and almost fell for it. Almost! >_<

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Can anyone tell me if this is legit? Can't find any info on FatWallet.
http://www.reddit.com/r/beermoney/comments/2lw9cv/creditsesame_150_for_6_referrals_no_cc_needed/

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D'Arcy SunScreen offer on Facebook is fake.
SanDance said:   Possible scam. All the facebook page lists are free samples. It seems they want to give the product away more than they want to sell it. Also, D'Arcy Laboratories filed bankruptcy in Feb. 2013. This facebook page started in August 4, 2013. The website linked to on this facebook page is not even up anymore


You're correct. I put nonsense in the fields, yet the form still went through. Also got a pop-up and the same offer that the OP's other thread for Painted Earth. There is no website listed on the FB page for this company, when you try to Google it, it takes you to http://www.darcyskincare.com/†with a domain up for sale, and a link to inquire. Scammers now use dead companies to dupe the unsuspecting. Good call SanDance!

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Paintedtherapeutics Optimum 15% Vitamin C Face Wash on Facebook is another Brandjacked page. Their real FB page is https://www.facebook.com/paintedearth. The company confirmed by both email and FB PM that the site is not theirs, it's fake, and efforts to have it removed have failed.

I got a reply from them! And included a screen cap.
SweetClover said: Is this page and offer yours, or is it a fake run by scammers?
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paintedtherapeutics-Optimum-15-Vitamin-C-Face-Wash/148380145362086?sk=app_190322544333196

Painted Earth said: Not our!! They are a a fake Facebook I don't know how they get away with it.




†Got an email reply too.
Joanne McClure said: Thank you for sending me this. Yes, It is a fake. I have tried to get then shutdown but Facebook has no real way to file a complaint. I used to post it was I fake in their comments but they have blocked all comments. I an really at a loss of what I can do? Cheers to healthy skin, Joanne McClure Painted Earth, Inc. Natural Skin Care and Cosmetics www.paintedearthskincare.com




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Willy Deals, posted today, is fake. Usual GoDaddy, HostGator, Domains by Proxy trio used by scammers in Whois info.

The instructions in red state that you must follow all the instructions to get the widget; including a 'like' of Willy Deals on Facebook, only problem is that there is no link to like them, it tells you there is a button below, but there is no button. Why is that? Well, for one thing, there is no Willy Deals FB page at all. Then you are instructed to 'share', again by clicking on a FB share button that doesn't exist. All there is is a hotlinked word 'share' that basically requests you to 'share' (ie spam) Willy Deals on your FB wall to all your friends. It also states that your FB name and the name you use to sign up must be the same. Finally, I tried to register using a fake name and a masked email, you cannot properly register on the site to make a purchase.

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Daily Gears, another fake website and Facebook page.

GoDaddy, Host Gator, Domains by Proxy; the usual trifecta of the spam/scam crowd. Facebook page is here. Posted today, "Daily Gears 14 hours ago 21 more days until we launch! To get our website known, we will be giving out a free 4gb film usb flash drive on Cyber Monday." Clicking the link in the FB post gives you this message, "Something Went Wrong
Sorry, there was a problem with this link: http://DailyGears.com/
You can now continue to this website, or go back to the page you were on before.
Remember, only follow links from sources you trust."
This raises way to many red flags, and every previous free flash drive deal offered through FB or by some unknown deal site such as this, has proven to be a scam. BTW, what the heck is a '4gb film usb flash drive'? 'film'? What an odd word! This website looks a lot like other so-called 'daily deal' websites where you can't even buy the deals.

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LifeSource Vitamins Facebook page is a case of brandjacking. Company is real, FB page is not. There is no mention of a free offer on the website, and no links to a FB page. Form goes through with nonsense in the fields, Alliance Health pop-up and fake survey offer at end.

Black Seed Oil is another fake scam page, company domain is up for sale, again, you can put nonsense in the form fields, and submit it. You also get Alliance Health pop-up and same scam survey offer at end.

ETA: LifeSource Vitamins sent a reply to an email inquiry, verifying that the free vitamins offers on Facebook, are not from them, nor is the page theirs. They do have a FB page at https://www.facebook.com/LifesourceVitamin , but it is used more to prostelyze, as they are a Christian organization, and they don't evangelize on their product website. Image of email is attached to this post.

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I will avoid all these fake freebies

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Be on the lookout for this free Redbox offer

Text Tmorris to 272272

Tmorris is a virus and the number is very similar to the Redbox number 727272

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Free D-Ring key holder never comes. I tried ordering it from another freebie site years ago and never received it.

Steve

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The Free Trinidad Scorpion Flakes Dried Pepper Sample from lovepeppers/ecoseeds is a website hack.

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Thanks for the listing of fake freebies but how do you know they're fake? Where's the proof?

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It's really hard to determine fake freebies from not. Since I really love freebies, I always find new freebies to grab but recently a trusted product that I have found online offered a freebie but it did not came. I just feel bad about it. I hope such scammy activities could be prevented.

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theunderdog09 said:   Everyone please be carful when filling out for free stuff.
Even when you use your phone number or key fobs for your local stores.
I had found out about a couple of months ago that my information can be sold without my contest.

I am on the DO NOT CALL LIST. But they still call/harass for all fundraising and the election crap. (change phone number)
I had ask how they had find my phone number (real one)/ They had said CVS/Walgreens.I do not know if true or not . But I stop using the cards and giving out my email. (junk- email)

I am sorry for the rant. But I feel that I must warn everyone to be careful.

Here are my steps to be safe.

1. use an junk email if you don't already.
2. use an fake phone number (if you don't already.
3. use an different zip code or tell them you are form out of town.
4. use a different name or shorten name or pet's name--

5. RENEW the DO NOT CALL LIST. It expires every three years--

https://www.donotcall.gov/

6. head over to white pages, yellow pages, and www.Spokeo.com† delete your personal information off.

7. GET LIFELOCK> IT WORKS. IT is worth it.
Once again I am sorry for being an negative nancy . I do not want anybody else go through what I had been going through.....

††https://www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx

~~Registrations on the National Do Not Call Registry DO NOT EXPIRE.
If you have previously registered your number, there is no need to register again.

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Is it true that the Do Not Call Registry particularly exempts both charitable and political organizations from NOT CALLING YOU (even if you're on the list)?

If true "theunderdog09" is SOL... (both would still call)

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billetera said:   Is it true that the Do Not Call Registry particularly exempts both charitable and political organizations from NOT CALLING YOU (even if you're on the list)?

If true "theunderdog09" is SOL... (both would still call)

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Yeah, you got it correct, they are exempt. Also exempt is any business that you have had any dealings with in the past, you have to contact the business itself to request they not contact you anymore.

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Free Sample GPN Coffee - Hazelnut or Columbia Varieties Recent website, no valid business phone #, one provided goes to registrant in a different city. Address goes to empty office suite, looks like a fake website strictly set up for a phishing scam. One user reported receiving a "Malicious Content" warning while accessing the site.

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Anything, ANYTHING, from myhealthyinfo.com.

What does MyHealthyInfo have in common with the Fake Freebie Sticky favorites such as Quality Health and Lifescript Advantage? They all offer freebies that never come, but give you lots of spam, junk mail, what have you. A Google search reveals a slew of questionable freebies from this bogus website, https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Amyhealthyinfo.com+myhealthyinfo.com I seriously doubt that all of this are legit, I suspect none of them are. Products I never heard of - when you search for them, the only source for them is this scammy website.

If that isn't enough to persuade anybody from taking a risk on any of the multitude of freebies in the Google search link, then this legal info*** from their T&C should make you run far, far away, as you are agreeing to allow them to: a) spam you, b) send junk mail, c) make telemarketer calls to your phone# - even if you are on any lists (Direct Marketing Association junk removal, Do Not Call). You have effectively given permission to them and anybody they sell your info to, to bypass the removal lists. No legitimate company would, nor has, ever required you to give up your rights to privacy and protection from unwanted junk mail and telemarketing calls.


*** Risk-Free Offer Policy

By filling out the questionnaire you are requesting free information and/or a risk-free trial of this product. Filling out the form does indicate your sincere interest in this information and/or product and gives certified representatives for associated products permission to contact you by phone and email, to determine if you are eligible to receive this free information and/or risk-free trial, even if you are listed on the National Do Not Call list or any Local, Provincial or State Do Not Call List. We respect your privacy and will never use your information for any purpose other than to inform you about this or similar products, opportunities or information.

The client, for whom we are performing this advertising promotion, does have the right to contact you at the telephone number and email address that you supply, even if you have added your name to any Local, Provincial, State or National Do Not Call List, for up to one (1) year after you respond to this questionnaire.

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Verified Coffee

This fake site is a clone (duplicate) of a legitimate businessís site Echo Espresso (real site) vs Verified Coffee (cloned/fake site) The wording is exactly the same too.
I got a popup after submitting the request form (using my fake alt I store on my Blur account ) Clicking the pop-up takes you to a typical MLM scam offer. Scammers make money selling your NAZ and email addy to spam/junk mail lists. No specific product info, no purchasing info, no where to buy info - dead end. They are using a generic stock photo that they Photoshop a fake logo on. A search of the address shows that it belongs to a Papa John's Pizza franchise (no surprise there, they hope you don't Google), phone # is fake too.

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The Spicy Gourmet is a scam website aligning itself to a real California small business that only sells a unique spice blend in local businesses, called Santa Barbara Spice Company.

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Naturale Bisou is a data harvesting scam. No TOS/TOU or privacy policy. No product info, photoshopped stock images used for 'products'.

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Here's a fake for you. I got this email yesterday. Basically if you requested a sample they turn around an ask you to make a video. The submit form said NOTHING about requiring a video.

Dear Sriracha Lover:

You recently signed up for a FREE sample or FREE shipping for our new Sriracha Stix product: a new way to season meat, fish and poultry with the REAL Huy Fong Foods, Inc. Sriracha sauce from the inside out! Under official license, of course!

Response to the promotion was HUGE with tens of thousands signing up. You are guaranteed the FREE sample or the FREE shipping, but we have a way for you to ENSURE you are on the list for the FREE samples Ė and itís really simple.

Simply use your smartphone to make a quick video of why you love Sriracha (15 seconds max). If you send us one, we will ENSURE you are on this list for the FREE sample. Be fun, be creative! The best entries will also receive a FREE gift box.

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I agree....I have seen so many scams go around. Freebie mom is legit but someone named Freemom was a hoax that people were confused about.

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Skincare sample from The Mílis company is fake, Company is real offer is not. Website has been hacked and a fake signup page inserted. Even a Whois on the sign-up link shows that URL is not valid.

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Suds-n-Shine Laundry Soap sample or anything related to Bradshaw Consulting, Alumaloy, Castaloy, etc, etc, etc. Never comes, old domains going back 3, 14 & 17 years. More here.

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