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FAKE FREEBIE ALERT – Free Santa Hat – UPDATE

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**UPDATE**

As of 12/3/2012 both the facebook page and the website (http://rockstarhats.com) are gone. If you ordered a hat you will NOT be getting it.

Phishing groups tend to sell the information obtained. Oftentimes fake freebies like this will result in unwanted ads, spam mail, and sometimes even computer hacking. Just because they did not ask for an email or credit card doesn’t mean they do not have enough information (address and IP) to get what they want. If you are worried about a computer attack you can get free software (Avast! is what I use) to protect from viruses, etc. You can also visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt063.shtm to find out how to opt out of unsolicited junk mail.

I take my website and my reputation very seriously – when I see something that is too good to be true I WILL investigate to determine the legitimacy of it as a courtesy to my readers despite possible backlash for it. If you see a suspicious freebie, feel free to email the details to me to look into at carol@mommywantsfreebies.com

 

There has been a FAKE FREEBIE swimming around today for a Free Santa Hat from a site called “Rock Star Hats”. I personally think it is fake and here’s why:

 

  • I couldn’t find a physical address, phone number, or email address for them
  • The domain was registered under a cloaked site called Domains by Proxy
  • As of August 5th of this year there was NO ecommerce or anything up, just domain registration which has passed through 27 hands since 2007, but hasn’t had anything up on the website until today.
  • They ONLY accept paypal as a method of payment is you were to buy something. It’s incredibly easy to set up a credit card payment as a company, so you need to wonder why they didn’t do that.
  • They also claim to be in business since 2003 on their FB page but the domain was registered in 2007.
  • And 7 measly FB posts since January. FYI – you CAN backdate posts in Facebook. Reader Jesse caught this too: 

” i just wanted to add that from my phone it says all the posts they have were added 15-16 hours ago, even tho they have different dates on the computer. and if you notice the only comments and shares they have are recent.”

In my opinion this may be fake and please consider these points before requesting.

16 Comments

  1. Jo

    November 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Thanks, but too late for me. I signed up 🙁

  2. Sarah U

    November 25, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Hopefully, it isn’t anything bad. 🙁

    • Carol

      November 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      I know they posted that but it doesn’t necessarily mean that its legit. Just use your best judgement.

  3. Arrickah

    November 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I signed up too!! I hope it isn’t bad 🙁

  4. Deb

    November 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Oh for goodness sake do your homework. It’s 100% real they are trying to get traffic to their legit site! The free santa hat is a real freebie. They don’t require an email or credit card. They did however post this…”These are small blogs that spread rumors to get traffic to their sites.” I agree…if you guys want real freebies without people trying to “get traffic to make money” try Hip2save.com. She is 100% honest and double checks every freebie before posting it’s real or fake! She is the most honest blogger I know and I’ll stick there!

    • Carol

      November 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      I did my homework. which is why I posted. I just checked their site again to see if I can actually try to buy something and you cannot. try it for yourself. If I wanted traffic I would have posted it as legit. I am merely looking out for my readers.

    • Heather

      November 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      I know Collin from Hip2Save & she is incredibly kind & decent. That doesn’t mean Carol here at MWF isn’t the same as well. And frankly, Carol did the research & the information she found about this company is enough to at least make someone doubt this freebie.

      Honestly, request the freebie if you want. But I don’t understand your hostility. And really…you can get a Santa hat for $1 at the dollar store. It’s just not worth the risk, in my opinion.

      • Cassee

        December 4, 2012 at 7:30 am

        Hmmm…. Deb… Do YOUR homework? wonder where this totally legit company went after it had all your info???

    • Jennifer

      December 4, 2012 at 7:37 am

      Hey Deb,

      Looks like Hip2Save.com posted a fake! I thought she is 100% honest and DOUBLE CHECKS each freebie? Thanks so much to Carol for doing the research and SHAME ON YOU for doubting her hard work!!!!

    • Carol

      December 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

      FYI – there is an update to the post. The Facebook page and website are both gone. Will I get an apology? Probably not and I am ok with that. But I am happy to have fully done my homework and know I was right all along.

  5. Vanessa Richard

    November 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    hope its not bad i had already signed up

  6. K

    November 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    “…We are running a brand name marketing strategy to get our brand noticed…”

    For a small company with 97 thousand plus ‘likes ‘ it has been at least 24 hours and they still have supply left?! Heck even Betty Crocker runs out of their 10,000 yogurt giveaways in 2 hours and those are only 50 cents.

    thanks…i am gonna pass too. better to spend a buck on one at the dollar store.

  7. Ashley

    December 4, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Sorry you had to deal with so much hostility and negativity when you were just trying to look out for your readers.. I never signed up for this, as it did seem strange. Feels good to be right, hey?! 😛

    But in all seriousness, it’s unfortunate that many people were taken in by this. Hopefully there aren’t any damages for those who tried for the freebie.

  8. Ashley Goodrich

    December 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I would love to see the naysayers come back here and apologize to you Carol. I knew you were right from the get go!

  9. Steffi

    January 9, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I’m bummed that I didn’t do MY homework until AFTER I never got anything from them. 🙁 Thanks for your efforts to warn people!

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