Q: How can I tell if a free deal is a scam?

Yaloco
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Are there any signs that scream 'SCAM' that you know of?
Yaloco posted Jan 27, 2011
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Brentheriot
I found this list of sites in another forum:

All fake freebie sites!!

1/18/11 - erik-prautsch.com
12/29/10 - maxanimalhospital.com
12/12/10 - smithsonelectrical.com
11/25/10 - solarenergypittsburgh.com
11/23/10 - freewrappingpaper.com
11/4/10 - b2bbeyondborders.com
10/26/10 - healthyfutures.net
9/5/10 - flixsticks.com
8/31/10 - healingamerica.com
8/9/10 - goodmorninghawaiitv.com
8/2/10 - inourtown.com
7/29/10 - skinnersalve.com
7/3/10 - goldenteacompany.com
6/1/10 - ringtonehall.com
5/24/20 - tampagpcarwash.com
5/24/10 - STYLEARTANDFRAME.COM
5/20/10 - cafemarsanne.com
5/4/10 - spatranslations.com
3/12/10 - babytobee.com
3/10/10 - fizzywizzies.com
2/21/10 - learnrehabilitation.com
2/12/10 - eversave.com
2/6/10 - askjanice.com
2/6/10 - weavefieldmills.com
1/22/10 - scoopex.com
1/22/10 - datavisualize.com/cloroxgreenworks
1/10/10 - ivanmog.com
1/2/10 - cl9udsalonspa.com
11/24/09 - suzzly.com
11/19/09 - beautyherbalspa.com
11/15/09 - sandypaper.com/
10/20/09 - hitechkitchenware.com
9/24/09 -blueboxgift.com
9/22/09 - weavefieldmills.com
9/21/09 - marystailorshop.com
9/14/09 - l-ico.org
9/3/09 - flicspasalon.com
9/2/09 - granolaworld.com
8/24/09 - lolyflorals.com
8/20/09 - competitiveSociety.com
8/6/09 - leaderhouse.com
8/6/09 - styleartandframe.com
7/27/09 - skinmakeoverstore.com
7/23/09 - smaoffer.com
7/20/09 - quortek.com
7/14/09 - ronaldslockshop.com
7/13/09 - worldforbaby.com
6/29/09 - elegancedream.com
6/26/09 - rockywater.com
6/26/09 - petmaxi.com
6/10/09 - qualityhealth.com
6/8/09 - antifluzone.com
5/15/09 - celltonica.com
4/15/09 - cleanupthatfilthyhouse.com
3/16/09 - webergasgrills.net
3/12/09 -billyboycandiesonline.com
1twofree.com
aj-tuning.com/gift.html
angelaledcke.com
angelaslittlecreations.piczo.com
bannershack-n-more.piczo.com
boafnetwork.com
Sorry, This is a spam site
brandarama.com
buydehydratedwater.com/free.htm
Candlesunlimited.com
Candlesunlimited2005
candy-lovers.com
celebdish.net
cleanyourscreen.com
clearancecrazy.com
cool-free-samples.com
cubebix.com - free compressed t-shirt
dailyhousetips.com
digilake.com
feiyacosmetics.com/exclusive2.htm
flaverco.com
flutterBugs.piczo.com
foreverlitesandgifts.com
freebeachball.com
free-beauty-samples.com
freebeermug.com
free-boxers.com
free-lingerie.com
free-lipstick.com
freeperfumesamples.com
freestressballs.com
free-thongs.com
freewebs.com/babyretreat
freewebs.com/bloominbarnyard
freewebs.com/ourforevergifts
goofygiggles.com
haydeechocolatier.com
heavenly-recipes.com
helpudiet.com
Hermitandfriends.com
hotexas.com
holidaysathome.com
holiday-giveaways.com
householdsavingsclub.com
ilqu.com
IMIBN.com
kcweb.com
keyeni.com
littlethings.myphotoalbum.com
lose-weight-online.com
lost-survivors.com
lowcarbtina.com
mailfinity.net
metelle.com/lipbalm.php
mirthfulchildren.com
NameSecure.com
ohshot.com
Oohlalacafe
Ourforevergifts.com
petrix.com/shirt/items.htm
pixustudio.com
qualityhealth.com
realenergydrink.com
shop/angelaledcke.com
simplicityshop.biz
splendiddelites.com/Free_sample.htm (Crownies)
squeezeyourstress.com/
stock23.com
sunusb.com
sutterscreek.com (aka Blue Bayou, LLC)
Unlimitedgiftshop
usbforfree.com
weirdfragrances.com
winperfume.com
yourproductsamples.com
Brentheriot (rep: 62.1k) posted Jan 27, 2011
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jamesjr55
Go to mywot.com. They have a search tool that gives the reputation of web sites. They also have an addon for FireFox that will show the ratings for websites while you are online.
jamesjr55 (rep: 21.6k) posted Jan 27, 2011
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becky457
For starters, I use the free Web of Trust browser add-on for Firefox, Google Chrome & Internet Explorer. It blocks suspect sites with a full-screen warning box until I give it permission to load the site.
becky457 (rep: 6.35k) posted Jan 27, 2011
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becky457
You can also google the deal and forums discussing the deal will usually show up near the top of the search results.
becky457 (rep: 6.35k) posted Jan 27, 2011
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Sundevil
My suggestion is no free BIG lunch. Usually, a scam will use some really attractive products to seduce you, for example IPad, IPhone and so on.
Sundevil (rep: 10.2k) posted Jan 27, 2011
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dealspl.us User
frugalsaver

The best thing to do to research whether a website offering
a free item or freebies is to checkout that website with
the Better Busines Bureau in the same state of the freebie
offer or BBB.org, RipOffReport.com a great site that list many
consumer complaints & reviews on bad businesses & their bad customer
service.

And you can type in google search ratings & reviews on a particular
company to see any anything come up in forums about the company
sometimes public forums & users may list information on a
company and give a review.
Anonymous posted Jan 29, 2011
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