According to a post that is currently being shared on Facebook, Honda is giving away 372 Activa 5G scooters as a means of celebrating its 72nd anniversary.
The post, which features the Honda Wings logo, urges you to hurry up and click to get your free scooter.
However, the post is yet another Facebook giveaway scam. It has no connection to Honda and those who participate have no chance whatsoever of getting a free scooter.
If you click on the post, you will be redirected to one of a variety of dodgy websites.
One common destination is a scam website that tries to get you to sign up to a free video streaming service. To get the supposedly free service, the site insists that you provide your credit card details, ostensibly as a means of validating your account.
Many people have reported that their credit cards have been charged for unauthorised “premium” services after signing up on one of these dodgy video streaming websites. Any company that uses such deceptive tactics to promote its services certainly should not be trusted with your personal and financial information.
Alternatively, you may be redirected to a dodgy website that tries to get you to install a suspect browser extension. Once installed, the extension will hijack your browser and replace your default search engine with its own.
Other versions may take you to various scam websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for providing your personal details.
But, no matter what site you are redirected to, you will never get to claim the promised scooter. No scooters are being given away.
If this post hits your Facebook News Feed, don’t be tempted to participate. Don’t click and, if possible, inform the person who posted it that the giveaway is a scam.
A screenshot of the scam post:
A screenshot of the scam website entry point:
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!