March 23, 2010 1 Comment
Call me gullible! I just fell for one of the oldest tricks in the books. Someone I know and respect sent me an invite to get a free $1,000 gift card from IKEA just by becoming their fan on Facebook. Ah, if it were only that simple. I should have known better but seeing a trusted friend’s name blurred my vision I guess.
So I went over to Facebook – became a fan then started following the rules for getting the gift card. I should have bulked when it said you had to invite ALL of your friends or you might not qualify. But no I blindly went ahead and sent an invite to all my friends. The next step is what really brought it home to me that this wasn’t going to work – when you click on the register part you think all you have to do is enter your email address so they can notify you about the gift card – NOT! Once you enter your email address you then have to select 2 offers from sites such as Netflix or VideoProfessor or others offered via GiftDepotDirect.com. Then you are expected to take a survey that wants a lot more information than I am willing to give out. I was ticked off because I had been duped.
I went back to the Facebook fan site and tried to leave a comment shaming Ikea for going this route. Interestingly enough it would not allow me to make a comment. The box appeared and I could type but when I hit enter the whole page refreshed and did post my comment.
Only thing that has made me feel better is knowing I wasn’t the only person sucked into this. Several of my friends got suckered by this as well.