It was only a matter of time before the merest of “iPad” mentions on sites such as Twitter would result in autospammed messages like this:

These bots will fire a message claiming “we need someone to test and keep one iPad” (or simply “Free iPad here”) to anyone discussing the latest gadget to hit the streets, sending you to various promotional sites like the one below:

You’ll have to fill in a big chunk of personal information and “receive the incentive gift package by completing two reward offers from each of the Top, Prime and Premium reward offer page options…completion of reward offers most often requires a purchase or filing a credit application and being accepted for a financial product such as a credit card or consumer loan.”

Me? I’ll wait for the sales, thanks.