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