“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