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There’s No Such Thing as Free Google Glass, But Scammers Will Try to Convince You Otherwise

Come on, even developers have to buy their prototypes.
Glass, why did I fall for this? (Photo: screencap)

Glass, why did I fall for this? (Photo: screencap)

Congrats to Sergey Brin, who’s been wearing his Google Glass around town for so long (does he sleep in them?!) that the devices are starting to seem totally normal and even desirable. But us mere mortals have to wait months. And you know what that means: Where there’s demand, there’s black marketeers looking to make a quick buck. Just last week, a fishy listing popped up on Ebay, and bidding reached $15,900 before the plug was pulled.

But what if you don’t have tens of thousands of dollars lying around? Well then you might start poking around the search results for “free Google Glass.” And, as TrendMicro’s security blog points out, you might find a YouTube video titled, [{FREE}] Google Project Glass [[FREE GOOGLE GLASSES]. It’s simply Google’s own “One Day” video under a new name. We suppose that looks promising, if you’re really eager to be persuaded.

There are quite a few red flags, though! The description says, “The glasses is not available for public,but it’s possible to get similar glasses for free.” Mmmhmm. Clicking the URL that follows will take you to a page with a series of links, each supposedly with information about becoming a beta tester. Sadly, however, there’s no real beta-testing program, just a series of survey scams.

The analysts at TrendMicro warn with a sigh, tired of having to crush credulous dreams:

We advise users to avoid clicking on unfamiliar links, particularly those that offer too-good-to-be-true deals. (Considering the pre-order cost $1,500, this would count as too-good-to-be-true.). Users should likewise be cautious of schemes that may abuse the #IfIhadGlass campaign.

#IfIHadGlass I’d never be taken in by another scam again, I promise this time.

[H/t The Register]

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