According to a post that is currently being shared on Facebook, you can win a P&O cruise for three people just by sharing the post and clicking a sign-up button.
Supposedly, the organiser of the cruise prize is giving away “20 amazing golden envelopes” that each has the cruise tickets inside. The post features a photograph depicting a man surrounded by the golden envelopes.
But, neither the post nor the Facebook Page it comes from is associated with P&O Cruises in any way whatsoever. And no cruise prizes are being given away. Those who participate have no chance of winning anything at all. The giveaway is a typical Facebook survey scam.
And, the golden envelopes featured in the scam post were actually used to hold the results of the Oscars for the 2016 Academy Awards show. The image was apparently stolen from a February 2016 Los Angeles Times report about the making of the Oscars envelopes.
By tricking people into sharing the fake giveaway post, the scammers ensure that their bogus material travels rapidly across Facebook and gains many new victims.
If you click the sign-up link on the bogus Facebook Page, you may be taken to one of several suspect websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for supplying your name and contact details.
But, the information you supply will be shared with marketing firms who will subsequently inundate you with emails, phone calls, text messages, and letters urging you to buy their dubious products and services.
In other cases, you may be redirected to a fraudulent video streaming website that tries to trick you into subscribing to its service and supplying your credit card details.
And, no matter how many sites you visit and how much of your personal information that you submit, you will never get the promised golden envelope or the cruise tickets it supposedly contains.
If this scam post comes your way, do not click on it. And let the person who shared it know that the message is a scam.
For the record, the genuine P&O Cruises Facebook Page, which has Facebook’s blue verification icon to prove its authenticity, makes no mention of the supposed cruise giveaway.
An example of the scam post:
Hello I have 20 amazing golden envelopes and all of them have a P&O Cruise for 3 inside. Share if you want to get one!
Don’t forget to click ‘Sign Up’ at the top of our page to validate your entry for our giveaway.
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!