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# 181252 8-Oct-2015 09:14
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My Facebook is currently being overrun with supposed news items about an outfit called FunkyClock being a partner of Apple and offering a Iphone 6S for $1.00. On reading the terms and conditions It appears to be in actual fact a subscription based offer. Where your dollar buys you a trial membership for 3 days and you are then charged $139.00 a month. The I Phone is allocated on the basis of draw so there isn't much chance of getting 1 either.
Seems like if it is to good to be true it is.

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  # 1402179 8-Oct-2015 09:16
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Thank you for this tip.  It has come up on my facebook feed a number of times, and it was obviously (to me) too good to be true.  It's a shame that facebook does not let you easily report an advertisement as dodgy.




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  # 1402193 8-Oct-2015 09:38
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I've seen this scam too. Companies like Facebook and Google really need to work on there advertising standards.




 
 
 
 


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  # 1402341 8-Oct-2015 12:42
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 Bit rude calling it a scam when all the details are laid out for people to see, greedy people will only see the iphone and then lose out. Doesnt make it a scam.

What is a scam are people like the aliexpress sellers that offer partial refunds because they "couldnt sent it with fedex because of the battery" therefore using up peoples dispute for when nothing arrives etc.




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  # 1402362 8-Oct-2015 13:04
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I have no sympathy for someone who believes anything like 'iphone for a dollar' without checking for some kind of very big catch. 

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  # 1402364 8-Oct-2015 13:08
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Wow, people aren't selling iPhone 6S's for $1? Shock horror.

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  # 1402590 8-Oct-2015 18:23
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That an advert is a scam does not surprise me in the slightest.. What really blows my mind is you people are not using an Adblocker.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm?hl=en

You can thank me later.




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  # 1402594 8-Oct-2015 18:27
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Lias: That an advert is a scam does not surprise me in the slightest.. What really blows my mind is you people are not using an Adblocker.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm?hl=en

You can thank me later.


I used to be all against adblockers, as I like to support website by clicking on the adverts. However with all the scam ads, and potentially viruses/malware being able to be transmitted through them, and lack of checking by publishers/companies providing the advertising, it is pretty much needed these days IMO.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1402602 8-Oct-2015 18:55
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The thing is that most times these aren't ads but things that people share in their timelines.








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  # 1402635 8-Oct-2015 19:21
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The other thing is that they masquerade as genuine news stories. The two I saw represent to be a guardian and a stuff news story I have no issue with subscription based services as such but to promote yourself by making claims that do not reflect the nature of the offer is dodgy.
From what I see on Google they are doing this in other countries as well.

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  # 1402648 8-Oct-2015 19:38
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The best thing abou this is it clearly shows you which of your Facebook "friends" are actually utter morons.

It's a harsh reality check.

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  # 1402653 8-Oct-2015 19:49
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muppet: The best thing about this is it clearly shows you which of your Facebook "friends" are actually utter morons.

It's a harsh reality check.


+1 like an IQ test

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  # 1402773 8-Oct-2015 22:39
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I have been seeing these too, and they often seem to come from a page titled 'Apple New Zealand'. I suspect they're violating Facebook's T&Cs by violating someone else's trade mark, so they may not be around for long.

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  # 1402786 8-Oct-2015 23:17
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I got a brand new Macbook Pro today (broke screen on year old one) and the first thing that popped up in the browser was this 1 offer when I opened it

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