For many years now, facebook scammers have successfully lured victims by pretending to be giving away various valuable prizes.
These scammers have offered store vouchers, tech gear, airline tickets, cars, cruises, holidays, luxury RVs, cash, and many other items as a way of tricking Facebook users into liking, sharing, and commenting.
None of the prizes offered are real and there are no winners other than the scammers who run such bogus giveaways.
And, these days, Facebook scammers are even claiming – falsely of course – that Facebook users can win luxury homes just by liking, sharing, and commenting.
Here’s a typical example of such a scam post:
The house image used in the post was stolen from an online image sharing site.
It claims that you could be one of three lucky winners of the pictured house just by liking the Facebook Page the post comes from, sharing the post, and adding the comment “WON”.
Supposedly, winners will be announced on December 25.
But, as with other versions of this scam, you have no chance whatsoever of winning the pictured house or any other prize.
These like-farming giveaway scams are designed simply to promote Facebook Pages or Profiles to a much wider audience. By tricking people into liking, sharing, and commenting, the scammers are able to gain many new likes for their Pages.
It is absurd to belive that any person or company would simply giveaway a house worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for a few Facebook Page likes. This version claims that three people will win the pictured house. So presumably, if you won, you need to share your new house with two total strangers and their families. Which could be a little awkward.
These fake giveaway Facebook Pages may later be used to launch other types of scams, this time to a much larger potential audience.
Or, they may even be sold on the black market to other scammers. The more likes a page has the higher the amount it can be sold for.
This Hoax-Slayer YouTube video explains more about like-farming scams:
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!