According to a Facebook Page called “Majorca Holidays”, you can win a holiday package for two to Bora Bora just by sharing and adding the comment “Done”.
The post claims that the previous winner of the package has not responded, so the prize is being given away again. It features images depicting a luxury island resort.
At the time of writing, more than 260,000 people had shared the post, and almost 200,000 had commented.
But, the post is yet another Facebook giveaway scam and the Facebook Page that published it is fraudulent. The Page is not giving away a Bora Bora holiday. Those who choose to participate in the fake promotion have no chance of winning any prizes.
The post is designed to gather large numbers of likes and promote the bogus Facebook Page via shares and comments.
The scam Page will later be used to launch survey scams and other types of fraudulent activity, this time to a much larger pool of potential victims.
The scammers stole the images used in the post from legitimate travel websites. The main image depicts the Maldives rather than Bora Bora.
Giveaway scams are widespread on Facebook. If one of these holiday giveaway posts hits your News Feed, don’t be tempted to participate. You have no chance of winning the promised prize, and you will be helping scammers exploit your Facebook friends.
A screenshot of the scam post:
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!