Various “Range Rover 2017” Facebook Pages claim that “for the first time in Facebook history” you can get the chance to win a Range Rover just by liking the Page, sharing a post, and adding a comment stating which colour you would like if you win. Some versions instruct you to click a link or sign-up button as well.
These Facebook Pages are fraudulent. They are certainly not giving away Range Rovers or any other prizes and those who participate will win nothing at all. In fact, these scam Pages are just updated versions of a long series of almost identical scams that plagued Facebook during 2015 and 2016.
The scams are designed to trick you into spamming your friends with the same fake giveaway and thus promoting the fraudulent material across Facebook. Via this ruse, the bogus Pages can accumulate large numbers of likes very quickly. Once they have gathered a great many new likes, the Pages can be sold on the black market to other scammers or reused to launch further scams.
Many of the fake Facebook Pages also attempt to trick you into clicking links and divulging your personal information on dodgy survey websites. The survey sites will share your personal details with third-party marketing companies and you will soon start receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls, text messages, emails, and surface letters promoting various products and services.
This video from the Hoax-Slayer YouTube Channel discusses an earlier version of the same scam:
Last updated: January 20, 2017
First published: January 20, 2017
By Brett M. Christensen
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!