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MattyB Like-Farming Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Facebook Page supposedly associated with young rapper MattyB claims that the star is giving away $100,000 and a new car to one lucky fan. To enter, claims the post, all you need do is like the Page and share and like the promotional image.  

Brief Analysis

The Page is a like-farming scam and is not associated with MattyB in any way. There is no prize. The scam is designed to accumulate as many likes as possible so that the fake Page can be either used to launch further spam and scam campaigns or sold on the black market to other scammers.

Example

The last Giveaway for this year. I hope you’re ready?? Its Official, My Dad and I are giving away $100,000 Dollars and a New Car to one lucky fan, Are you feeling lucky? < Just follow these steps.

Step 1. Like my page. Step 2) Share this photo fast. Step 3. Like this photo Quick. Goodluck.

MattyB Like-Farming Scam Page

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a Facebook Page that is being heavily promoted across the network, young US rapper MattyB is giving away $100,000 and a new car to one lucky fan.

Posts on the Page claim that all you need do to enter is like the Page, and then share and like a promotional image depicting the supposed cash and car giveaway. 

At the time of writing, the post had already been liked more than 27,000 times and shared 41,000 times. The Page itself had accumulated over 196,000 likes.

However, the Page is not associated with or endorsed by MattyB in any way. The Page is a scam designed to trick Facebook users into liking and sharing. There is no prize. The scammers responsible for the Page are exploiting the young singer’s popularity and large fan base as a means of gathering large numbers of likes.

A Facebook Page with a large number of likes can be a quite valuable commodity. Once a page has accumulated a good deal of likes, it can then be used to launch further scam or spam campaigns, this time to a much larger audience.

Alternatively, the Page can be sold to other scammers or unscrupulous Internet marketers who will repurpose it to further their own nefarious goals. The more likes a Page has the more money it is likely to sell for on the black market.

By tricking users into sharing and liking the post as well as the Page, the scammers ensure that their fake Page gets seen by an ever-widening audience.

The image in the post depicting the wad of cash has been taken from an earlier news report about investment strategies. And the car image also appears on several other blogs and websites unrelated to MattyB.

For the record, MattyB’s official Facebook Page – which features Facebook’s blue ‘verified’ tick – makes no mention of cash or car giveaways.

Scammers have also used the names of several other stars in similar like-farming scams. Be wary of any Facebook Page or post that promises cash or valuable prizes for nothing more than liking and sharing.



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