Following the announcement of the PlayStation 4 last month, an online hoaxer created a company page on Facebook which asked users to enroll to “test the PS4.” Within hours thousands and thousands of hopeful PlayStation fans had been coerced into sharing much of the information that they share on the social network with the would be hoaxers. This week it’s Microsoft’s turn.
Sign up pages have been popping up throughout the web asking users to “beta test the next XBOX.” Microsoft has since gone on the offensive and has announced through Major Nelson’s twitter page that any and all pages offering users a chance at the “Next XBOX” are fake. More notably, a scam. It’s unknown how much steam these pages have picked up, but I think I can be sure that our smart readers don’t fall for this kind of stuff.
Confirmed: All sign-up pages for testing the “next Xbox” are FAKE. Do not give them your information – it’s a scam.
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) March 13, 2013
Either way, be safe out there, and make sure not to give out to information to any company or page that you’re skeptical of.