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‘Gorgeous Tiny Home” Facebook Giveaway Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

According to a post currently being shared on Facebook, you could win a “gorgeous tiny home” just by liking, sharing, commenting, and clicking a sign-up button. 

The post, which features several photographs of the tiny home, promises that you could be driving away with the house in tow come June 26 when the winner will be announced.

But, alas, the post is just another Facebook giveaway scam. The Australian based Facebook Page that the post comes from is fraudulent and it is not giving away any houses, tiny or otherwise.

The pictured dwelling is built by a US based company called Sanctuary Tiny Homes. (Towing the thing from Florida could be a problem for the supposed Australian winner).

By tricking people into liking, sharing, and commenting, the scammers ensure that their bogus post will spread rapidly across Facebook, thereby promoting the Facebook Page far and wide.

And, if you click the sign-up button, you will not be taken to any legitimate prize entry form for the tiny home. Instead, you will be taken to various third-party websites that promise you the chance to win further prizes in exchange for completing surveys and submitting your personal details.

But, if you proceed, your information will be shared with site sponsors and marketing companies who will subsequently inundate you with unwanted phone calls, emails, text messages, and letters promoting a variety of products and services.

Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake giveaway will earn commissions each time somebody enters details on one of the survey websites. 

Scams like this continue to be very common on Facebook.  Be wary of any Page or post that claims that you can win valuable prizes such as tiny homes or holidays just by liking, sharing, and filling in surveys.

An example of the scam post:

Tiny Home Giveaway

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,