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That 'Free Android Tablet' offer is too good to be true, BBB warns

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If you see an offer for a free Android tablet, it's probably too good to be true.

That's that latest warning from the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota.

The BBB says mailings inviting people to participate in a marketing survey for a free "Android Tablet Computer" may be linked to a scam that could end up costing consumers a lot of money.

That was the case in central Ohio, where the offer was linked to subsidiary companies which attempted to get consumers to join travel clubs that may end up costing thousands of dollars, the BBB says.

“There are a lot of unknowns here and the idea of getting something for nothing generally always comes with strings attached,” Dana Badgerow, president of the BBB in Minnesota and North Dakota, said in a news release.

The mailing asks people to complete a simple, nine-question survey after they have "received and tested [the] Android Tablet" – but the tablet isn't actually included. It makes claims that people are under no obligation to pay, purchase of subscribe to anything to get the tablet.

The mailings are issued by a firm called Apex Market Exploration, which claims an address in Minneapolis, and has ties to Dudley Media Group, which has an F rating from the BBB.

Similar scam from a company also tied to Dudley Media Group hit the Tampa Bay area last spring, the BBB notes.

The BBB is working to find out more information on Apex Market Exploration, but in the meantime encourages consumers to research companies on its website and to know all the terms of any offer they receive.

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