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‘Maldives 2021’ Facebook Giveaway Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

According to a post currently being shared across Facebook, you can win a 14-night vacation at a luxury Maldives resort.

Supposedly, all you need to do for a chance to win is share and comment on the post before July 4.  The post, which features a series of images depicting the Maldives, appears on a newly created Facebook Page called “Maldives 2021”.

The post promises that flights and other travel expenses will be included in the prize.

However, the post is yet another Facebook giveaway scam. The promised prize is not real and those who choose to participate have no chance of winning a Maldives vacation or any other prize. The images have been stolen from travel and resort websites.

Like the endless parade of similar scams that have come before it, the post is designed to promote the bogus Facebook Page and gather as many likes and shares as possible.

By offering such an enticing – albeit non-existent – vacation prize as bait, the scammers behind the fake giveaway are able to rapidly accumulate many new Page likes and get their post seen by an ever-increasing number of Facebook users.  Every share, like, and comment helps to promote the Facebook Page across the network, all for free.

Later, the scammers can use their, now much more popular, Facebook Page to launch survey scams or other types of dodgy activity. This time, they can potentially reach a much wider audience and make a profit by duping many more victims.

Alternatively, after building their Page likes via the fake giveaway, the scammers might sell the Page on the black market to other scammers. The more likes a Page has, the more it may sell for.

If one of these fake prize posts comes your way, don’t be tempted to participate.  You have no chance of winning anything, and by joining in, you will be helping Facebook crooks scam your friends. Just don’t do it!

A screenshot of the scam post:

Maldives Vacation Giveaway Facebook Scam  

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,