It was bound to happen, and it seems that scam sites are now riding the wave of anticipation of Apple’s upcoming iPad. Facebook and Twitter pages offering users to beta test the iPad are surfacing with headers such as “iPad Researchers Wanted – Want to beta test Apple’s latest product?” It all seems rather innocent, even when you see the pop-up window pretending to be a quiz, requesting information such as your date of birth and cellphone number. According to a senior technology consultant at security firm Sophos, the information provided will them be used to sign you up for a premium rate cellphone service, which will charge you something like $10 a week until you unsubscribe. After Facebook’s security team was notified about this, the page was disabled, but you can be sure that there will be similar pages that will sprout up the moment one goes down. So if you see such pages, you’ll certainly want to tread carefully.
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