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Argos ‘Curved TV Giveaway’ Survey Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Facebook post claims that retailer Argos is giving away a Samsung curved TV for Christmas and you can enter by sharing and liking the post and clicking a link.

Brief Analysis

The post is a survey scam and is not connected to Argos. The associated Facebook Page is fraudulent and it is not giving away a curved TV or any other prizes. The link in the post leads to dodgy survey websites that try to trick you into divulging your personal information.

Example

As you know we’re approaching Christmas and we have decided to give away 250 Samsung 65″ Ultra 4k HD Curved TV’s in time for the holidays.
To enter just Share & Like this photo then go here:
[Link removed]

Competition ends in 48 hours, like our page to keep updated. Good luck.

Argos Survey Scam

 

Detailed Analysis

This widely distributed Facebook post, which supposedly comes from a Facebook Page belonging to retail store Argos, offers you the chance to win an expensive Samsung curved TV just by liking, sharing, and clicking a link.

The post instructs you to like and share a promotional image of the TV and then click a link to enter the draw. It claims that the competition will end in 48 hours and advises you to like the ‘Argos’ Facebook Page to stay updated.

However, the post and Facebook Page are not associated with Argos and there is no prize. The post is a typical survey scam.

If you like and share as instructed and then click the link to enter, you will be taken to a fake Argos webpage that appears to contain an entry form.  However, the form will be greyed out and a popup box will inform you that you must first participate in a survey as a condition of entry.
The offered surveys will claim that you must provide your mobile phone number and name and contact details, ostensibly to go in the draw for further prizes. Often, however, fine print on the page will inform you that by entering, you are actually subscribing to an expensive SMS service that will be charged at several dollars per text message.

And, by entering, you may also be agreeing to have your details shared with third-party marketers. Thus, you may begin receiving unwanted and annoying, phone calls, marketing emails and junk mail.

The scammers who create the fake Argos competition will receive commissions every time somebody participates in a survey or provides their contact details.

And, alas, no matter how many surveys you complete, you will never get to fill in the entry form or get a chance to win the TV. There is no prize.

Facebook scams like this one are very common and use the names of many high profile companies around the world.

Be wary of any Facebook post or Page that claims that you must like, share, and fill in online surveys for a chance to win.

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