FREE LAPTOP OFFER WAS A SCAM
FREE LAPTOP OFFER WAS A SCAM
If you fell for this “great offer” to get a free laptop, you ended up thinking you were having a nightmare. This is a short version of what the scammers did and how they used your private information to make money for themselves while you were actually being charged for bogus ads and which you were now responsible to pay.
You agreed to the terms of the case study and gave them your private information, the “company” sent out your free laptop. While you were running the laptop, per the agreement 24/7 for the two to four months, the scammers used your private information to set up accounts under your name and ran ads under the accounts they set up from unsuspecting people. The ads made money for the scammer but the people who agreed to the case study are now owing large amounts of money for bogus ads taken out supposedly by them. When the program was first advertised, they said it was a case study for Google Ads when in fact it had nothing to do with Google. I have heard that some people had money taken from their bank or debit card and then when the card didn’t have a balance they turned them over to a collection company. We are not talking a small amount of money that these scammers ran up to those that signed up for the FREE LAPTOP and now the people in the case study have to pay, we are talking in the THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS!!!
Since I did not even attempt to do this case study, I am getting my information from sites and people who have done this case study. There was a person in charge of a company A2z and was responsible for keeping track of the sponsors. The sponsors then posted on their walls about this terrific study to get a free laptop. What wasn’t told was the sponsors got PAID up to $50 (from what I’ve heard) for each recruiter they could get. For some people all they saw was FREE LAPTOP and even after warning them about the possibility of losing so much, some would say it didn’t matter since they didn’t have money in the bank or the Gmail account was an old one. What they didn’t know was once the scammers had all their information, they had a field day getting into other computers, making new accounts under the names of those in the case study and making ads that were now the responsibility of those that got the free laptop. But it’s still not over for some. Their private information is in the wrong hands and who knows what it being done with it or how long it will be used in the wrong way.
There was also another part to this scam that I didn’t hear about until the can of worms opened up. There was a Facebook study also that worked by luring the people in and sending them checks that either bounced or are not in their name. How this worked was the scammers made up false businesses using people’s names. For example a person lives in New York but the false company is in California. The Facebook study ran more or less the same as the laptop case study, they ran ads on someone’s Facebook and they were paid for allowing them. Now those people who had this happen to them are worried about tax time for this reason!
This blog is just a tip of the iceberg on the findings for the free laptop case study scam, there is so much more but the bottom line is DON’T FALL FOR THINGS LIKE THIS!!
There is a saying that goes, “If it’s too good to be true, it usually is”. I posted my first blog, not knowing the process of this study or in fact whether it was a scam but it had so many red flags, everything was so secretive, people would get blocked if they questioned things and there was so much private information you had to give out. Even though I was fairly confident it was a scam and I vowed to get to the bottom of it either way, I never put the case study down in my first blog, I wrote it more as a warning and that’s what I stated at the end of my first blog. I also replied to the comments of those saying I was all wrong and told them I would write a rebuttal if in fact this was on the up and up. As you can see, that was not the case. I feel so bad for those that fell for such a scam, all for a maybe $100 laptop and now to be in collections for thousands of dollars plus all their personal information is still out there in the hands of the scammers.
Hopefully those that got burnt will be able to find a legal way to get out of paying these large amounts of money and they will immediately move on to the next post if they ever see an offer like this again. It was a hard lesson for some to learn but NEVER, EVER GIVE OUR PERSONAL INFORMATION SUCH AS THIS.
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