Content taken from America Now! (www.americanownews.com) which features Theresa Payton as a cyber expert.
Question: According to information constantly sent to my email address, pop-ups on Facebook and any site I log on, I won 1000 gift certificate from Walmart and 2 Ipads. However, they request long surveys and purchase of other product. Please advise, Iris
Answer: Iris, we're glad you asked about this. Sometimes it’s hard to separate winning legitimate prizes from the fakes. Here are a few tips: (1) If you never do business with them, odds are you are not a "winner" (2) Legitimate "wins" do not involve pop-up windows with surveys (3) a great way to test for a scam is to type in something like "Walmart", "1000", "gift card", "scam" to see if you get any hits - chances are you will. (4) If you are a victim of one of these scams, you need to have your machine cleared of all viruses and you should file a police report and an internet fraud report at WWW.FTC.GOV. (5) To keep up with the latest scams, check in with the experts such as Facecrooks on Facebook or try www.scambusters.org/.