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‘Free Fortuner 2016 Giveaway’ Facebook Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Facebook post claims that you can win a 2016 Toyota Fortuner by liking, commenting on, and sharing the post and liking the Facebook Page the post comes from.

Brief Analysis

No Toyota Fortuners are being given away. The post is a scam designed to rapidly gather large numbers of Page likes so that the Facebook Page can be reused for other scam attempts or be sold on the black market to other scammers.

Example

For the FIRST time in facebook history we are giving away Toyota Fortuner 2016 to two winners that we will select on June 20 completely at random.
Would you like to join this amazing giveaway for a chance to own a brand new TOYOTA FORTUNER 2016? Simply follow the steps below to enter the competition :
Step 1) Likes this Page.
Step 2) Like this Post.
Step 3) Comment which color you want.
Step 4) Share on your wall
The winners will be messaged via inbox message. We will ship this car all over the world!
Good Luck!Free Fortuner Like-Farming Scam

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a post that is rapidly gaining momentum on Facebook, ‘for the first time in Facebook history’, you can win one of two 2016 Toyota Fortuner vehicles just by liking and sharing the post, adding a comment specifying what colour car you would like should you win, and liking the Facebook Page that the post comes from. The Page has the name ‘Free Fortuner 2016 Giveaway’. Supposedly, the two winners will be randomly selected on June 20 and notified via inbox.
However, the post and the associated Facebook Page are fraudulent.  Despite its name, the Page is certainly not giving away Fortuners and no amount of liking, sharing, or commenting will give you a chance to win one. In fact, this is just one more in a seemingly endless series of fraudulent Facebook Pages that promise participants the chance to win high-end cars. Many earlier variants have also used the ‘first time in Facebook history’ claim.

These fake Pages are designed to accumulate large numbers of page likes in a short period of time. By fooling people into liking, sharing, and commenting on the post, the scammers ensure that their material is seen by an increasing pool of potential victims. Their Page can therefore gather a great many new likes very quickly.

Once one of the bogus prize pages has gathered a large number of likes, it can then be used to launch survey scams or other types of fraudulent activity. Or, alternatively, it can be sold on the black market to other scammers who will repurpose it to fit with their own spam and scam campaigns.

Like-farming scams are very common on Facebook.  Be very wary of any post or Facebook Page that claims that you can win valuable prizes such as cars, cruises, airline tickets, tech gear, or store vouchers just by liking, sharing, and commenting.  


Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer