A Facebook Page called “iPhone X” is supposedly giving away 50 iPhone X phones to users who like, share, and comment with their desired phone colour.
The post, which includes an image featuring iPhones in various colours, exhorts you to hurry up and enter and promises that winners will be announced via Facebook messenger on October 27th.
But, alas, the post is just another Facebook like-farming scam. No amount of liking, sharing, and commenting will give you a chance to win an iPhone. Despite its claims, the Facebook Page is not giving away any iPhones.
The fake giveaway is designed simply to gather large numbers of likes as quickly as possible. Once the Page has successfully built its like numbers via the bogus giveaway, it can launch further scams, this time to a much larger potential audience.
Or, the owners of the fake Page may sell it to other scammers. The more likes a Facebook Page has the more it will likely sell for on the black market.
Scams like this are very common on Facebook.
An example of the scam post:
Hurry up, Hurry up, Hurry up!!!
We are giving Only 50 iPhone X on 27th October 2017, Follow Steps!
Step 1) Like our page iPhone X
Step 2) Comment which Color you want,
Step 3) Share on your Wall,
Good Luck to everyone!
#. WINNERS will be contacted in Facebook Message
#. 50 Lucky Winners Will Be Announced On 27th October 2017
#. Make sure you follow steps!!
This video provides more information about Facebook 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!