According to a post currently being distributed on Facebook, you can get a chance to win a free 2020 Ram 1500 truck just by sharing, commenting, and clicking a link to register.
The post claims that the car company is giving away the vehicle because it was “not sold in time during summer”.
Of course, it is simply absurd to suggest that any company would give away a very expensive vehicle to a randomly selected stranger on Facebook simply because it had not been sold within a certain timeframe
Like others of its ilk, the scam post is designed to trick people into promoting a dodgy Facebook Page by getting them to share and comment.
And, clicking the link in the post does not get you to any valid registration page. If you do click, you’ll be taken to a fake landing page that features a stolen image of a Ram truck. The page urges you to click a button to confirm that you are over 16 years old.
But clicking just takes you to yet another suspect website. The exact site you end up on may vary.
Some ask for your name and contact details, ostensibly so that you can get a chance to win further prizes. This information will be shared with dodgy marketing companies who will subsequently bombard you with unwanted promotional calls, emails, and text messages.
Others may try to trick you into installing scammy browser extensions that can hijack your search engine and bombard you with dubious “offers” and links to “free” apps.
Alas, no matter how many times you click, you will never get to register for the supposed giveaway. No Ram trucks are being given away and you have zero chance of winning anything at all.
Be wary of any Facebook post that claims that you can win a valuable prize such as a car just by sharing and commenting.
A screenshot of the scam post:
A screenshot of the scam landing page:
Transcript of the scam post:
This is one of the vehicles that were not sold in time during the summer, we decided instead to give it to someone who shares by Friday!
( comment RAM )
Register: [Link removed]
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!