No, Mark Zuckerberg isn’t giving Facebook users a free iPhone and iPad

Let’s talk about the importance of a Spam mail box in your email.  Today I’m doing my weekly spam check, before I empty my spam mail folder and I find this wonderfully, well written email from WoW! the CEO of Facebook!  Did I really get an email from him?  No, but at first glance it’s actually a pretty good spam copy.

But let’s talk about how you can know it’s a fake.  First I hovered over the email name which said Mark Zuckerberg. But by hovering over it I found an email account that was  I’m sure that account has already been closed, but I’m definitely not letting them know they found someone by replying.

Next, this email actually is pretty well written, without many of the common “tells” that let you know it is a fake message, like small errors in spelling, syntax or punctuation.   But if you look closely you will see many errors, they just aren’t glaringly obvious. I’ve highlighted them for you.

Lastly, the email address that this message came to isn’t associated with my Facebook account, so how would they have gotten it and why not use my name if it’s a personalized invitation to claim my prize?

The hope is that you will see some keywords like Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, iPad and iPhone, that will really get your attention and that the stressing of “one day only”  will cause you to act without thinking or noticing that is is definitely a spam mail message and while I didn’t access the link myself (nor should you if you get  a message like this) I’m pretty sure you may find one of these two things:

1) A survey – with lots of opportunities to learn information from you perfect for providing a cover for identity thieves.  What a great phishing opportunity!

2) A virus

This friend, is no friend and messages like this simply stress the importance of using your Spam mail account or folder to protect yourself from harmful email messages.

What’s in your email?


Hi Friend,

My name is Mark Zuckerberg, Ceo of Facebook. We have recently joined up with Apple for a one-time promotional event today, we are giving away no cost Apple iPhones and iPads to randomly selected folks who have been fortunate to be selected as one of our newest winners for today. We randomly selected users from our systems database and you have matched with our latest drawing.

We have partnered up with Apple inc to advertise their most popular product yet, the Apple iPhone and iPad. Once yet again, we are running this campaign for one-day only. All you need to do is CLICK HERE (LINK DELETED FOR SAFETY REASONS)  to go to our web site made for this promotion and fill out this short survey to recieve yours for free. Simply make sure you enter your email so we may locate our records to make certain that we have reserved one for you. That’s it!

Congrats on winning a free Apple iPhone4 and iPad2. In case you have any question or concerns, feel free to email me back. However, you should claim your free iPhone and iPad first to ensure one will be reserved for you before the deadline ends. We do understand that you may not receive this e-mail until after the deadline, but, we advise you check out the site and enter your email to see if we still have got yours on hold, which we often-times do because others have not claimed theirs in time.
Mark Zuckerberg
CEO, Facebook