Update: This is part of a “WebSEO” fake freebie network powered by another freebie site that has Russian ties. More info here.
I saw this InTur Travel Agency offer on a few other freebies sites and instead of waiting until my next sample news update post, I felt I needed to address this as highly likely to be fake as soon as possible.
Here is the URL if you want to follow along, however I urge you not to share your information with this website: http://www.intur.su/free-sample/, http://www.intur.su/free-ballpoint-pen-for-travel/ and http://www.intur.su/free-travel-cosmetic-bag/
Let’s dig into why this is likely to be a fake
- Their site is based out of Moscow, Russia from an apartment building on Google Maps. If you think they will ship to the US for cheap, you are wrong, so it might be valid but it’s not going to make sense for any business due to the high shipping costs.
- Why are they offering 3 free items instead of one? Why is there no business goal attached to them, it’s just a freebie without any way to drive business back to them beyond maybe some exposure to their brand name. When you get a sample, it usually has a coupon so you’d try the full-size afterwards, right? Doesn’t look like that in this case.
- If you click around, the rest of the site isn’t in English at all, it’s entirely in Russian, why are the ‘free pages’ in English? This could be a sign the page is hacked.
- You can pretty much enter anything you want in the form, not a sign it’s fully fake, but not a good sign it’s serious either.
There are a lot of bad smells on this website, I’d entirely avoid this. While I can never know for 100% absolute certainly a freebie is fake, this one just doesn’t feel right at all and I didn’t even share valid personal information when testing it out because I feel such a lack of trust towards it. If you signed up for this one, worst case is you’ll get some spam mail, spam email and perhaps some sketchy links from fake PayPal/Amazon/other websites. Don’t trust links that ask for your password or any personal information, ever. Thank you for reading my fake freebie rant.
-John ‘Samples’ Clark