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Epic Fail, Mr Scammer!

by Brett M. Christensen

Fail

Anybody who has been checking out the latest crop of Facebook survey scams will realise that they are all pretty much identical. They all use the same ‘complete these two simple steps to get your prize’ set up. The fake pages instruct you to share on Facebook, send a link to five of your groups, and then click a claim button to proceed to yet another fake page. The scammers obviously use and reuse the same scam pages. They just change a few details to fit the company they are currently targeting, add a suitable graphic to the scam post, and they are good to go.

But, either because they are lazy or just incompetent, the scammers often mess up the job. Here’s a good example. The scam post and first fake page promises free Marks & Spencer vouchers:

Marks and Spencer Scam Page

But, when the fake verification page finally appears, it features the background from the free Rolex version of the scam:

Rolex Fail

Good job, Mr Scammer!




By Brett M. Christensen
Last updated: November 10, 2015
First Published: November 10, 2015

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