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LIKE-FARMING SCAM – ‘Australian Cash and Prize Giveaways’ Facebook Page

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Facebook Page that calls itself ‘Australian Cash and Prize Giveaways’ promises large cash prizes to people who like a promotional image and like the Page. 

Brief Analysis

The Page is a scam designed to accumulate likes under false pretences. There are no prizes. The ‘prize’ images included in the Page’s bogus posts are stolen from elsewhere and depict cash bundles seized in various police raids on drug dealers and other criminals. Do not like or otherwise interact with this scam Page or any material that it posts.

Example

Like for a chance to win all this cash!
Also make sure you like our page Australian Cash and Prize Giveaways

Australian Cash Giveaway Scam 1

 

Like for a chance to win this cash!!

Australian Cash and Prize Giveaways

Australian Cash Giveaway Scam 2

 

Detailed Analysis

A Page on Facebook that calls itself ‘Australian Cash and Prize Giveaways’  is promising large cash prizes for people willing to like promotional images and the Page itself. The promotional posts feature photographs of large wads of cash in Australian dollars.

But, there are no prizes and no winners. The Page is just one more in a long line of like-farming scams. The primary purpose of this bogus Page is to accumulate as many likes as possible. Facebook Pages with high numbers of likes can later be reused to perpetrate further scams or promote dubious products or services to a now greatly inflated audience. Sometimes, the Pages are sold via a thriving black market to other criminals. The piles of cash featured in the posts on the Page are certainly not prizes as claimed. In fact, the images depict cash seized in various police raids in Australia. The images have been stolen from news articles about these raids and reused on the scam page. Even the Page’s cover photo shows cash recovered in Australian Crime Commission raids of a money-laundering network. 
It appears that the perpetrator of this scam is also responsible for a number of other like-farming schemes, including a despicable Page that used fake missing person posters to entice people to like. Thankfully, it appears that the fake missing persons page has at long last disappeared from Facebook.

If this Page or one of its fake posts comes your way, do not like, share, or comment on it. Users sometimes like such material ‘just in case’ it is true. However, by doing so, they are not only aiding and abetting criminals, they are exposing their friends and families to the scams. The best way to combat these scammers is simply to never interact with their Pages in any way whatsoever. And let your friends know that such Pages are scams so that they can avoid interacting as well.

Although Facebook’s response to these scams has been decidedly poor, to say the least, it is still worth reporting them. Some like-farming Pages are actually removed due to reporting.

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