Fans of the British dating reality show Love Island should keep an eye out for Facebook scam posts offering the chance to win holidays and other show related prizes.
Several fake Love Island Facebook Pages have recently appeared on the network. These pages use the words “Love Island” in their names but they are not associated with the genuine Love Island Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified” icon to prove its authenticity.
Posts on the bogus Pages offer you the chance to win island holidays along with meetings with the show’s stars. The posts ask you to like and share and then click a Sign Up button to get your prize entry.
However, the promised prizes do not exist. The Sign Up buttons open suspect third-party websites that offer the chance to win further prizes in exchange for providing your name and contact details. Fine print on the websites explains that, by participating, you are agreeing to share your personal information with various sponsors and marketing companies.
So, if you go ahead, you will soon be inundated with unwanted and annoying emails, phone calls, text messages, and letters peddling a range of products and services that you most likely neither want nor need.
And no matter how many offers you complete, you will never get the chance to enter the promised Love Island holiday prize draw, which was never real to begin with.
Screenshots from two of the fake Love Island Facebook Pages:
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!