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180 Unsealed XBOX ONE Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Facebook message claims that 180 XBOX ONES cannot be sold due to being unsealed. Users are instructed to like and share the post for a chance to win one. 

Brief Analysis

The Page is fraudulent and has no connection to Facebook or Microsoft. The page is a like-farming scam designed with the intention of tricking users in to liking the Page. No XBOX ONE’S will be given away. If a Facebook page accumulates a large number of likes it can be sold on the black market or used in further spam campaigns.

Example

We have 180 Xbox One which can’t be sold because they’re unsealed so we are giving them out for free to some lucky people!

Want To Get One? Just ‘Share’ this photo and ‘Like’ our page.

Competition ends on the 4th March 2014 , Good luck.
(the more times you share, the more chances you have.)

Xbox 1 Giveaway Scam

 

Detailed Analysis

This message is currently circulating Facebook promoting a Facebook Page that claims to be giving away 180 unsealed XBOX ONES. To enter, users are instructed to like the page and share the picture to further promote it for more potential likes.
Everything in the message is false.  The message is a standard like-farming scam. No legitimate company is ever likely to give away large numbers of expensive products just because they are unsealed. This claim is a common scammer ruse.
The message is created simply to obtain as many likes as possible so that the Page can later be sold on the black market or used in further spam or scam campaigns. Such pages will often begin to promote survey scams in subsequent campaigns.

Like-farming is not new and continues to plague Facebook users.

Always be cautious of any Facebook Page claiming to be giving away expensive products just because they are unsealed as they are almost certainly like-farming scams.



Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer