The Internet is full of opportunities for people who want to get free stuff such as gift cards, products samples or even mobile phones and laptops. Of course, the many legitimate programs out there are outnumbered by the numerous scams. If you’re a freebies fan you should learn how to determine whether or not a giveaway program is just a scam or a legit opportunity. Read on to find out how to keep safe from the numerous scammers online.
Banners offering freebies can be found on almost ever single website: “Get a free laptop”, “Get a free iPhone” – you’ve probably seen these titles everywhere. But before joining a freebies program you should be aware that the “free stuff” isn’t always free. I mean, do you think anyone in their right mind would simply give away a MacBook Air worth thousands of dollars without asking for nothing in return?
These programs sometimes involve purchases, participation in various market research campaigns or participation in focus groups. Those are the “real deal” programs – the legitimate ones. The scams can be pretty easy to spot. Scammers will simply tell you that you’ve just won a laptop (really, just like that?), but you’ll need to send them $50 trough Paypal for the delivery fees. Needless to say, you’ll never see your free laptop.
So, in order to make sure that program you’re about to sign up to is not a scam, the first thing you should do is look for the “Terms and conditions” and “Contacts” pages on the official contest’s site. If they are missing, leave – it’s definitely a scam. If the page clearly presents the terms of the giveaway (offers to be completed, programs to participate in) then go ahead and register – the contest is legitimate.