According to this email, you have been randomly selected to win the seasonal “Like of the Year” Award for 2019.
The email claims that you were eligible to be chosen as the winner because you liked a comment on a social network back in January 2019.
The email includes a link that supposedly allows you to claim your award.
However, you have not won anything at all and there is no such thing as the Like of the Year Award.
The email is an advance fee scam designed to trick you into giving your money and personal details to online crooks.
Clicking the link opens a decidedly dodgy website that claims that you have indeed won a large cash prize and urges you to open an online chat session for further details.
If you do start the chat, you will be asked to provide your personal information, ostensibly in order to verify your claim to the prize. In due course, you will be told that you must pay a fee to cover costs supposedly associated with the processing of your prize.
Any money you send will be kept by the scammers. This money will never be returned to you. Nor, of course, will you ever receive the promised payout. The payout never existed.
And, if the scammers are able to harvest enough of your personal and financial information, they may manage to steal your identity along with your money.
Advance fee scams like this are very common and take many forms. Be wary of any message that claims that you have been randomly selected as the winner of a lottery or award that you have never entered and know nothing about. Genuine prize promotions do not operate in this way.
An example of the scam email
This like has been randomly selected to win the seasonal «Like Of The Year» 2019 award!
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!