* BUMP for new eyes. I first published this post back in 2012, but it’s still VERY relevant today. Please have a read! *
While we all love a good freebie, there are some nasty people out there who might try to take advantage of that fact. Some scammers may set up fake freebie websites in order to get hold of your personal information for nefarious purposes! By educating yourself a little bit in how to spot fake freebie websites, you can minimise your chances of anything bad happening with your personal data. Our Canadian freebies section is getting busier and busier, so it’s worth knowing what to look for.
Page design – Basically, does the website look a bit crap? It can be the first sign of a fake freebie site that has been thrown together just for the purpose of data gathering. A genuine site tends to have a well polished finish, no broken links, well laid out.
Check the domain – If you see a freebie from a specific company, look at the name of the site in the address bar. Have you ever heard of it before? Is it trying to copy the domain name of a well-known site, by using periods or hyphens, to try and make you think it’s somewhere else? A general rule is that if a site has the word free in it, it’s probably not a legit freebie – it’s been set up solely for the purpose of advertising something free. Read the rest of this entry »