How to Spot a Fake Free Stuff Offer and Scam Freebies

How to spot and avoid fake freebies

Free samples and free full size products are not a myth. Yes hundreds of thousands of Canadians get them in the mail every single day for simply signing up or offering to share their thoughts.

With everything wonderful there is always a handful of jerks who take advantage and fake free stuff offers pop up and scam freebie offers. It makes it even harder to spot fake freebie offers with some freebie pages posting offers that aren't legitimate.

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There are things you should watch for and other things that really shouldn't bother you when it comes to requesting free samples, and signing up for freebie offers online.

We all love a little something free and we sure do deserve it. Watch for these things when you come across of free sample offer or any freebie offer.

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Things to watch for when signing up for a free sample offer.
  • Do you trust the source - There are very few legitimate freebie pages online anymore. Most are a smidgen of legit offers with an over abundance of spam and fake offers. Related: Free Stuff Pages in Canada that are Legitimate
  • Is there legitimate contact information on the sign up page? A brand is not going to giveaway a free product sample and not want you to contact them to purchase it if you enjoy the products. Common sense prevails here on this one.
  • When you Google it do more results show up? If a free sample offer is legitimate blogs such as this one will for sure have it posted with all the details. Even if blogs haven't picked it up yet there will be at least one result in the search for that free sample offer.
  • Does it have rules and regulations? Every freebie or sample offer has terms and conditions. They can be anything from the quantity they are giving out, to the dates that this offer will be running.
  • Are there spelling errors? If you come across one spelling error it's no big issue, but if you find repeated errors this is a warning that the text has probably been translated and is a scam.
  • If a free sample offer asks for shipping is this a scam? Not always. I have ordered many full size samples and been willing to pay the shipping. If a company is small they may not have the funds to send you a sample, and if you truly want to try the product paying the shipping fee is worth it to you.
  • Pop-Ups - This one can be kind of tricky, because some legitimate free sample offers will have a pop up. But there are different pop ups and only certain ones should be a warning sign. If there are ad pop-ups for casinos and other ads of that kind are ones that give you the hint that something is not right.
  • Did the free sample offer ask for your credit card? You never need to give your credit card to claim a free sample or freebie offer. If any offer asks for that information you know it's not legitimate and to walk away.
  • Too many ads - If a freebie offer is on a website with a mass amount of ads, you can be assured this isn't a legitimate offer.
  • Brand New Websites - You can search online and see when a website was created. If has just been created and published online in the last 30 days, chances are you are being duped into a fake freebie offer.
  • Complaints Online - If a freebie offer looks fake, take the time to google it. See what others are saying. Did anyone ever get this freebie? You will be amazed how many fake freebie offers are posting in groups on Facebook, yet a quick Google search shows they have been fake freebies for years.

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What Happens If I Sign Up for a FAKE Freebie?

If you have signed up for a fake freebie offer do these things to keep your information and your computer safe.
  • Viruses/Phishing Scams- Some fake freebie websites try to load malware and viruses on your computer when you click the sign up link or click the link in the email they send you after signing up. Some fake freebie offer links can lead you into a tracking and hacking doom if you aren't diligent. Tracking your every move online including things like your credit card info and banking info. I have seen this happen to a few freebie hunters and it is not a pleasant situation for sure. If you have signed up for a fake freebie offer it's wise to immediately run your anti virus and a anti-malware to clean out your computer.
  • Emails - Make a freebie email that is only used for your freebie hobby. This way anything spam lands in this email and you know to be more cautious clicking on dirty links and dangerous links. Make fake freebies will later send you a fake winner email and once you click your computer could be infected or hacked. There are a few things that can tip you off that an email may be a fake winner email. If you are a contester and freebie hunter I suggest you make a separate Gmail email for all your entering and signing up. If you are signing up for free stuff 10 minute email is a great way to avoid spam and any risk to your personal email.

Prime example of a fake freebie offer:

Salt City Candles Outlet is a Facebook page offering people free full size candles and air fresheners consistently for the last few years. Is there offer real? No and here are the reasons you know it's not real.

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First major warning sign is when you click on their about page on their Facebook page. Nothing. No information for you at all. Not a contact number, not an email and not even a website.

Second red flag - Why would a company mail out full size candles to every single person asking for one? How does a business stay in business that way?

Third sign that this is a fake freebie offer is a quick Google search which returns this.

Fourth sign it's a fake freebie offer - Reading other peoples experiences and comments on their page going back years. Has anyone ever received a free candle? Of coarse not.

So why are these fake freebie offers out there? To farm your email. What does that mean? It means some scammer is running a Facebook page and offer a freebie to get all your information.

What do they do with your information? They sell it off to large companies and other scammers, or use it at a later date to hack into your accounts or infect your computer.

This is just one example of a scam freebie, others may look totally legitimate but they are missing or have small indicators that they are a fake freebie offer.

If you need to report a scam you can find all the information you need at the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center.

Current Fake Freebies to Avoid
  • Burt's Bees sample
  • Free sample of Herbal Oil
  • Free USB - Always remember anything you insert into your computer can download dangerous software.
  • Free Lollipop Sample
  • Free UGG sample
  • Adra Soap Sample
  • Free Lollipops