A Facebook Page that calls itself “JB Hi-Fi Australia” claims that you can get a chance to win a MacBook Pro computer just by liking and sharing a promotional post and adding the comment “yay”.
The Facebook Page is fraudulent and has no connection to JB Hi-Fi. The Page is not giving away any Macbooks and those who participate have no chance whatsoever of winning anything.
JB Hi-Fi has warned users about the scam via the company’s real Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified” icon to prove its authenticity. The warning notes:
Yes, we are well aware of the current fake page doing the rounds. Yes it is fake, and has zero affiliation with the JB Hi-Fi name. We advise not liking, sharing, commenting or providing any information to the page or any links it direct you to.
The fake Facebook Page is a scam designed to rapidly gather large numbers of Facebook likes. After the bogus Page has collected a large number of likes, it can then be reused to launch survey scams and other types of fraudulent activity. Or, it might be sold on the black market to other scammers.
Like-farming scams like this one continue to be very common on Facebook.
This Hoax-Slayer YouTube video explains more about how like-farming scams work:
Now you have the chance to win 35x MacBooks Pro 13’’ retina!
To enter the giveaway you must:
1. Like the picture
2. Comment “yay”
3. Share the picture
We will announce 3 lucky winners next friday!
Last updated: October 17, 2016
First published: October 17, 201
By Brett M. Christensen
JB Hi-Fi Facebook Page – Scam Warning
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!