“Richard Charles Branson” Facebook Page claims that you can share a post and then click a “Sign Up” button for a chance to win a $4000 holiday to a private island.
The Facebook Page is fraudulent and is not associated with Richard Branson. And, it is certainly not giving away any holidays. Those who participate have no chance of winning anything at all.
In fact, the Page is a scam that is designed to trick you into divulging your personal information on suspect survey and offer websites. If you click the “Sign Up” button, you will be randomly redirected to one of several websites that offer the chance to win various prizes in exchange for filling in surveys and providing your name, address, and contact details. But, fine print on the sites will state that, by participating, you are agreeing that your personal information can be shared with third-party marketing companies and “site sponsors”. So, if you participate, you will soon begin receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls, text messages, emails, and surface letters promoting a range of products and services.
And, alas, no matter how many surveys or offers you complete, you will never get the chance to win the holiday featured in the original post.
Note that Richard Branson’s genuine Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified” icon to prove its authenticity, makes no mention of the supposed island holiday competition. The genuine Page is called “Richard Branson”, not “Richard Charles Branson”.
Last updated: January 18, 2017
First published: January 18, 2017
By Brett M. Christensen
Richard Branson Facebook Page
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!