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Bora Bora Vacation Facebook Prize Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

A report about an earlier version of this scam was published here in 2016.

A post currently circulating on Facebook claims that you can win 5 nights at the Le Meridien Bora Bora for 5 people just by liking, sharing, and adding the comment “win”.

The post includes photos of the resort along with a supposed cut off date.

However, the post and the associated Facebook Page are fraudulent. No Bora Bora getaways are being given away and there will be no winners.

The fake competition is a like-farming scam designed to promote the bogus Facebook Page and gather likes and shares. Once the fake page has gathered many new likes, it can be used to distribute further scams, this time to a larger audience.

Alternatively, it may be sold on the black market to other scammers.

Scams like this one are very common on Facebook.

Example:

This March – We are giving away 14 nights at the Le Meridien Bora Bora for 5 people. Includes Flights, Accommodation & Transfers. You will have 2 years to use the holiday! To participate:
1⃣Like
2⃣Share
3⃣Comment: “WIN”
Closes 7th March at 9pm.
Facebook does not own, endorse or sponsor this competition or business.
Bora Boora Getaway Facebook Scam

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