According to a Facebook Page that calls itself “Oprah W”, the US talk-show host Oprah Winfrey is giving away gift cards, cash, cars, and even homes to fans who like, share, and comment.
Supposedly, Oprah will choose winners randomly, and 900 lucky people will win $30 million. Participants are instructed to like and share the post and then add the comment “love”.
A comment on the post from the Page owner informs fans that, to become a ‘big winner” they must also click a link and download a movie.
But, alas, the Facebook Page is fraudulent. It is not associated with Oprah in any way, and those who participate have no chance whatsoever of winning any cash or prizes.
And, the “Oprah W” page is just one among dozens of fake Oprah Winfrey pages that all offer non-existent cash and prizes to fans who like, share, comment, and click. As soon as one such scam page is taken down, others will replace it.
The scam pages use Oprah videos and images that have been stolen from the official Oprah Winfrey Facebook Page or elsewhere on the Internet
By tricking people into liking, sharing and commenting, the scammers ensure that their fake giveaway posts are promoted across Facebook and gather many more victims.
If you click the link in the post comments, you will be taken to a scam website that claims that you can watch thousands of movies for free. But, the supposedly free video streaming site insists that you provide your credit card details, ostensibly as a means of validating your account. So, if you sign up, you will be providing your credit card numbers and other personal data to a highly suspect company that uses deliberately deceptive tactics to promote its services. These dodgy video streaming outfits should not be trusted with your credit card details or any other personal information.
Facebook scammers use the names of many high-profile celebrities as well as Oprah. If one of these posts hits your News Feed, don’t be tempted to participate. The giveaway post is not really from the celebrity it names, and you have no chance of winning any of the promised prizes.
A Screenshot of the scam post:
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!