Last night, I laid in bed and tossed and turned for much of the night… not because my husband was snoring loudly as usual, not because my 3 year old daughter was squeezed in between the both of us (yes, I hate to admit it, but she seems to find her way into our bed way too often), and not because I ate an entire bag of M&M’s minutes before I headed to bed (yes, I am a chocolate addict).
I could not sleep because I was thinking about the free Pringles Extreme Facebook offer that I posted on Hip2Save 2 days ago. The offer was live on Hip2Save for a few hours until I became aware of the fact that it could potentially be an illegitimate/spam offer. In the last couple days, I have received many emails from readers concerned about how their privacy may have been affected by this spam offer. First, let me say that I am not Facebook savvy, however, I have attempted to do some research to provide you with information to help protect yourself on Facebook. Second, please keep in mind that at this time, I have not been able to fully confirm that this was a “fake freebie;” however, I am making the assumption that it is indeed an illegitimate offer.
Here’s what you need to do to protect yourself specifically from this Pringles Extreme Application…
* Log into your Facebook Account
* Click on Account (top right corner)
* Click on Application Settings
* Scroll down the list and find “Pringles Extreme”; click on the “x” to permanently remove it from the application page; be sure to hit the “remove” button and the “okay” button. Pringles Extreme will no longer have access to your data and will be removed from your profile and bookmarks.
Please be assured that I work VERY hard to ensure that all the samples and freebies posted on Hip2Save are from legitimate companies. I receive hundreds of emails for new sample offers and freebies on a weekly basis and only end up posting a small percentage of them. Unfortunately, I am human and was caught up in the excitement surrounding this offer… with Facebook offers, especially, there is always a sort of urgency to hurry and post the offer before it has expired as freebies are usually limited to a small number of people.
From here on out, I pledge not to get caught up in those “Hurry up and post em’ before they are gone” offers; instead I will take that extra little bit of time to verify the legitimacy of the offer, although, I can’t guarantee that I will always be right. I also urge all of you to spend those extra few seconds reviewing an offer to be sure that you are comfortable sharing your personal information. And finally, don’t let this Pringles episode ruin your whole outlook on freebies/samples… there are many legitimate companies out there who provide great opportunities to try their products at no cost.
Do you have any other suggestions/tips/concerns? Let us know in the comment section below.