According to this widely shared Facebook post, UK based retailer Argos is trying to make the coronavirus lockdown ‘a bit more fun’ by giving away hundreds of TVs.
The post claims that all you need to do if you would like to win is share and comment. It features images that supposedly depict some of the giveaway TVs.
The post is published on a newly created Facebook Page that calls itself ‘Argos Retail’.
However, neither the post or the Facebook Page it comes from have any connection to Argos and those who decide to participate have no chance whatsoever of winning a TV or any other prize.
The supposed giveaway is a scam designed to promote the fake Argos page and gather many more Page likes.
The images of the TVs are stolen from an online auction listing that ended back in 2015.
If you share and comment and then like the Facebook Page as requested, you are helping scammers built a much larger audience for their future scam campaigns. Please do not help the scammers do their dirty deeds by participating.
Note that there is no mention of the supposed TV giveaway on the genuine Argos page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified’ icon.
At any one time, there are hundreds if not thousands of these giveaway scams on Facebook. At the moment, many of them are attempting to exploit news of the coronavirus pandemic in various ways.
Don’t be taken in. Many versions try to trick you into divulging your personal details on dodgy websites. Keep in mind that the promised prizes don’t exist and you have no chance of winning.
A screenshot of the scam post:
Transcript of the scam post:
We thought we’d make this lock-down a bit more fun so we’re giving away hundreds of free Samsung 4k TV’s within the next 30 days. Just share then comment if you’d like to win one.. Deliveries will be made to the winners within 24 hours of being picked.
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