During the last few days, the Mega Trends Facebook Page has published a series of posts claiming that you can win one of several luxury RVs just by liking, sharing, and commenting.
Supposedly, the RV prizes are being offered as part of a “Valentine’s Day Gift Giveaway”. Of course, the posts are scams. No RV’s are being given away and those who participate have zero chance of winning anything at all.
I discuss these Luxury RV like-farming scams in more detail here.
What I found rather intriguing about this particular scam Facebook Page is that the scammers are either too lazy or too stupid to even get the year right in their fraudulent posts. All of the posts claim that the RVs will be given away on February 14, 2016. So, either the scammers are just recycling the same posts from last year, or they don’t know or care what year it is.
But, the REALLY sad bit is that, despite the glaring error in these scam posts, many thousands of Facebook users have fallen for the ruse and are sharing, liking, and commenting as instructed. If only people would take a little more time to properly read what comes their way via social media and apply just a little critical thinking, then the Internet would be a lot safer and more usable for all of us.
Last updated: February 5, 2017
First published: February 5, 2017
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!