According to a post currently being shared on Facebook, you can get the chance to win a free BMW M3 for Valentine’s Day just by liking, sharing, and commenting.
The post features a BMW car decorated with red heart balloons and a giant teddy bear. Supposedly, the promotion ends on Valentine’s Day, 14 February.
But, alas, those who decide to participate in the supposed giveaway have no chance whatsoever of winning a BMW or any other prize. The scammers who created the fake promotion do not have a BMW to give away. The image used in the scam post has appeared on many other websites and it is not related to any legitimate Facebook giveaway.
As with similar like-farming scams, the intent of the scammers is simply to promote their page to a wider audience and harvest as many Page likes as possible.
Once the bogus Facebook Page has gathered a great many new likes via the fake BMW giveaway, it can then be used to launch other types of scams, this time to a considerably larger potential audience.
Or, it may be sold on the black market to other scammers who will use it to launch their own spam and scam campaigns.
Scams like this one continue to be very common on Facebook. Be wary of any post or Page that claims that you can win a valuable prize such as a car or holiday just by liking, sharing, and commenting.
An example of the scam post:
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!