Various posts circulating on Facebook are claiming that famous American actor Will Smith is giving away millions of dollars in cash and prizes to his Facebook followers.
The posts come from Facebook Pages that claim to be official Will Smith social media channels. Supposedly, for a chance to share in the bounty, all you need to do is share the giveaway posts and click a link to download one of Will Smith’s latest movies.
But, alas, the Facebook Pages and the posts that they spew out are scams and are in no way associated with Will Smith. And, they are certainly not giving any money or prizes.
Of course, the genuine Will Smith Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s verified icon beside the name, make no mention of the supposed giveaways.
The purpose of the scam posts is to trick people into signing up on a suspect video streaming website that claims to offer free movie downloads but nevertheless asks for your credit card details. Any service that promotes itself via scam posts on Facebook certainly should not be trusted with your credit card numbers or any other personal information.
These celebrity giveaway scam Pages are increasingly common on Facebook. Other versions claim that Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Adele, and a host of other high profile celebrities are giving away large sums of money and valuable prizes via Facebook.
Be wary of any Facebook Page or post that claims that a famous person is randomly giving away cash and prizes to strangers. While many celebrities may give generously to charities, it is extremely unlikely that even the wealthiest stars would ever simply hand out cash, cars, and houses to Facebook users who simply share a page and download a movie.
Remember that most high-profile celebrities will have the official verified icon beside their Facebook Page names.
Examples of the scam posts:
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!