Post on a “trend style” Facebook Page claims that you can get the chance to win a “perfect cottage” just by liking the page, sharing a photo of the cottage, and adding the comment “thanks”.
The claims are fraudulent. The Facebook Page is not giving away any cottages, perfect or otherwise. The promotion is just a callous attempt by the page owners to gain more likes and increase the Page’s popularity and reach. Pages that have gained large numbers of likes via such fake promotions can later be used to launch further scams or sold on the black market to other scammers.
The following Hoax-Slayer YouTube video provides more information about like-farming scams:
LADIES WE ARE GOING TO BE GIVING IT AWAY TO 4 OF YOU.
TO WIN THIS PERFECT TITTLE COTTAGE ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS, SHARE THE PHOTO, LIKE our page & COMMENT ‘THANKS’.
Last updated: September 6, 2016
First published: September 6, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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!