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How to Win an iPad (and How Not To!)

How to Avoid Scams While Winning Free iPads

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Learn how to win a free iPad -- and how not to!

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Ipads are hot, hot, hot right now. Everyone wants one, but they are just a little too expensive to justify running out and buying one on a whim. High demand means that iPad Sweepstakes are very popular right now, but sadly, so are free iPad scams. Here are tips on how to win an iPad without falling for scams.

How NOT to Win Free iPads - 5 Tips to Help You Avoid Free iPad Scams:

1. Check for Hidden Catches

There are lots of offers for free iPads out there -- so how can you tell the legitimate offers from the scams? Well, before you fork over any personal information, be sure to read the fine print. If you're entering a contest or sweepstakes to win an iPad, make sure that the rules seem legitimate.

If you're looking at another kind of iPad giveaway, make sure you check for hidden catches. Many of these so-called "freebies" ask you to sign up for various offers, which can cost you money or jeopardize your privacy. Make sure you know exactly what you're getting into before you start.

2. Read the Privacy Policy

Before you hand over any personal information, check to make sure there is a good privacy policy in place. Check how your information will be used, and be sure there is nothing that makes you uncomfortable before you sign up.

3. Beware of Hype

Fake free iPad offers use hype to get people so excited that they won't look too closely at what they're getting into. Don't let blinking graphics and overblown promises override your common sense.

4. Take Ads with a Grain of Salt

Some legitimate free iPad offers use advertisements to spread the word. Sadly, however, so do some iPad scams. When you see iPad offers in ads, make sure to be extra-cautious to be sure you have found a legitimate offer.

5. You Can't Win Sweepstakes You Don't Enter

A common iPad scam is an ad or email that claims that you have already won an iPad in a sweepstakes that you've never heard of. Remember that one of the warning signs of sweepstakes scams is that you can't win sweepstakes you haven't entered. If any offer claims you have won before you have entered, you know that you are being scammed.

How to Win Free iPads Legitimately:

Now that we have the scams out of the way, here are five tips to help you find legitimate chances to win free iPads.

1. Ipad Sweepstakes Lists

There are lots of iPad sweepstakes to enter, but how do you find them? I've compiled my favorites on the Free iPad Sweepstakes list.

2. Use Google Alerts

Google Alerts is a free service that alerts you by email whenever articles matching a specific phrase are detected by internet search engine, Google. You can use Google Alerts to get the latest news about iPad sweepstakes. For tips on setting up Google Alerts, see this article: How to Use Google Alerts to Find Sweepstakes Wins. I'd suggest using search terms like "ipad sweepstakes," "ipad contest," "win an ipad," and "ipad giveaway."

3. Free iPad Sweepstakes on Facebook

Social media platform Facebook is a hotbed for sweepstakes right now, including lots of iPad giveaways. If you're on Facebook, watch for friends' posts and ads (being sure to heed the advice above about taking ads with a grain of salt) to find iPad giveaways.

4. Free iPad Sweepstakes on Twitter

Twitter is another social media platform that many sponsors are using to give away free iPads. If you use a Twitter client like Tweetdeck, you can set up a permanent search that will let you see whenever anyone mentions iPad sweepstakes in their Tweets.

5. Local iPad Giveaways

Local sweepstakes often have better odds of winning, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for companies in your area that are giving away free iPads. If you're not sure how to get started, see 50+ Ways to Find Local Sweepstakes and Contests.

Best of luck to you! And if you do win a free iPad, be sure to let us know in the Winners Section of the Sweepstakes Forum.

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