"It was inevitable that scammers would take advantage of the excitement over the iPad to rip people off, just like they did with the iPod and the iPhone," said Dale Mingilton, President and CEO of BBB serving Denver Boulder. "Bogus offers most commonly claim they can become a tester or researcher and get an iPad for free. This is a deal that sounds, and definitely is, too good to be true."
The BBB says in some cases consumers receive spam e-mails or information on Facebook requesting product testers for the iPad.
Officials say the biggest red flag with these offers is that consumers have to provide e-mail addresses and passwords.
The BBB says offers to become a tester on Facebook have also cropped up. Officials say the catch is that you have to buy items first and provide your credit card number.
The BBB recommends if you are planning to buy an iPad you should shop through an authorized retailer or directly with Apple.
Officials say eventually a secondary market for the iPad will be present online on sites like Craigslist.
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