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Like-Farming Giveaway Scam Pretends to be Official Argos Facebook Page

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Facebook Page, which masquerades as the official Page for UK retail store Argos, claims that users who share a photo and like the Page can win a 47 inch HD TV.

Brief Analysis

The Page is not the official  Argos Facebook Page as claimed. Instead, it is a like-farming scam designed to trick Facebook users into “liking” the bogus Page and sharing its fake competitions. There are no prizes and no winners. The goal of those responsible for this scam is to artificially inflate the number of likes that the Page has. Pages with high like numbers can be sold on the black market to other scammers and used to market dubious products and services or distribute further scams. The more likes a Page has, the more resale and marketing value it commands.

Example

Argos Like-Farming Scam

 

Detailed Analysis

Scammers have set up a fake Facebook Page that bills itself as the official Page for UK based retailer, Argos.

The Page claims that users who like the Page and share a picture can win one of ten 47 inch HD televisions. The bogus Page has no connection to Argos and the supposed competition is invalid. There are no prizes. Those who like and share the Page will win nothing at all. The page is a like-farming scam.
Argos has warned users about the scam via a notice on the genuine Argos Facebook Page:

Hi everyone, we have been advised that there is another page on Facebook claiming to be Argos and they are running a competition to win an LG TV. Please be aware that neither this competition or the page has any connection to Argos. We can advise that any official competitions or offers will be shown on this Facebook page or www.argos.co.uk.

The intention of these scammer like-farmers is to increase the value of the bogus Facebook Pages they create so that they can be sold on the black market to other scammers and/or used to market dubious products and services and distribute further scams. The more likes a Page has, the more resale and marketing value it commands.

Be wary of any messages that promise high value prizes just for liking a Facebook Page or sharing a picture. Do not further the unscrupulous goals of these scammers by liking or sharing their material.

The Argos name and logo has also been misused in related scams that promise free Argos gift cards. Users are fooled into participating in bogus online surveys, ostensibly as a means of verifying their entry. Nobody ever receives the promised gift cards.

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,
Hoax-Slayer