According to a post published on a Facebook Page that calls itself “Butlins Fans”, you can click a “Sign Up” button to get a chance to win a holiday for four people at any Butlin’s resort.
Butlin’s is a UK based chain of seaside resorts. The Facebook Page features a cut-off version of the Butlin’s logo along with videos and images depicting some of the company’s resorts.
However, the Facebook Page is in no way associated with Butlin’s and it is not giving away any holidays. Those Facebook users who decide to participate in the fake giveaway have no chance whatsoever of winning any prizes.
In fact, the Facebook Page is just another scam designed to trick you into providing your personal information on suspect websites.
The logo, videos, and photographs used on the scam page have been stolen from genuine Butlin’s websites and social media pages.
If you click the “Sign Up” button at the top of the Page as instructed, you will be redirected to an unrelated website that promises the chance to win further prizes in exchange for supplying your name, home address, email address, and phone numbers.
However, the information you provide will be shared with dodgy marketing companies who will subsequently inundate you with suspect “offers” and “deals” for products and services you most likely neither want nor need.
And, even after submitting your details, you will never be entered into the supposed resort holiday draw. No holidays are being given away and the only winners are the scammers who created the fake Facebook Page.
The genuine Butlin’s Facebook Page, which includes Facebook’s verified icon to prove its authenticity, does not mention the supposed holiday giveaway.
If one of these fake posts hits your Facebook News Feed, do not be tempted to participate. If you do, you will be helping Facebook scammers gain underserved profits.
A screenshot of one of the scam posts:
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!