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Fake 50 Cent Cash Giveaway Facebook Page is a Like-Farming Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

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Outline

Facebook Page posing as the official fan page for 50 Cent, claims that the rapper is giving away millions of dollars to people who like his Page and share its posts. 

Brief Analysis

The Page is not associated with 50 Cent and no money is being given away. It is a like-farming scam designed to trick people into liking the Page and promoting it across the network by sharing its posts. Pages with high like numbers can later be sold on the black market or reused to perpetrate further scams.

Example

Congrats to the last winner 4 winners. Doing another one.. I will select 4 random people and divide it.. 1 million each. Must follow & complete 3 simple steps. Step 1) Like this post. Step 2) Share this post. Step 3) Like my page. 50 Cent +

Fake 50 Cent Scam Post

 

Detailed Analysis

According to this Facebook Page, which claims to be the official 50 Cent page, the US-based rapper is giving away millions of dollars in cash and prizes to some lucky fans.

The Page includes a series of prize posts that feature photographs of large sums of cash. Some of the images depict 50 Cent himself posing with the cash. 

Supposedly, all you need do for a chance to win is like and share one of the Page’s prize posts and like the 50 Cent + Page.

However, the Page is fake. It is not the official 50 Cent Page as claimed and is not associated with the rapper in any way. And, it is certainly not giving away millions of dollars.

The fake page uses the name ’50 Cent +’ rather than just ’50 cent’. The rapper’s genuine Facebook Page is called simply 50 Cent, and includes Facebook’s blue tick verified symbol.

The fake Page is a like-farming scam. Its purpose is simply to gather as many page likes as possible. It exploits 50 Cent’s popularity to gain attention and uses the promise of million-dollar giveaways as bait to entice users to like and share.

Pages with high numbers of likes can later be sold for high prices on the black market to other scammers. Or, the Pages may be used to launch survey scams or other types of fraudulent activities, this time to a much larger audience.

The images used on the fake Page have been stolen from other sources, including 50 Cent video clips and news articles about the rapper.



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