According to a post being shared on Facebook, you can win a 2019 Mini Cooper just by sharing and commenting and liking the Page the post was published on.
Supposedly, the previous winner of the Mini had to refuse the prize for personal reasons, so it is being given away again. The post features a photograph of a Mini Cooper decorated with a large gift ribbon.
But, alas, both the post and the Facebook Page it comes from are fraudulent. No amount of liking, sharing, and commenting will give you even the slightest chance of winning the pictured vehicle. There will be no winners other than the scammers who created the bogus giveaway.
In fact, this is just one in a series of very similar Facebook scams that have all falsely promised to be giving away the very same Mini Cooper. Versions of the scam first began appearing back in 2016. Apparently, the scammers who create these scam pages are too lazy to use new images so they just recycle the same photograph over and over again.
And, of course, the scammers stole the image in the first place. The same image has circulated in various other contexts for several years.
Why do scammers create such fake giveaways? Simply as a means of promoting their dodgy Facebook Pages to a wider audience and collecting a great many new Page likes.
Once the Page has increased its potential reach in this way, the scammers can use it to promote survey scams or other types of fraud, this time to a much larger audience of potential victims.
Or, the scammers may decide to sell the Facebook Page on the black market to other scammers. The more likes a Page has the more money it can be sold for.
Such scams are very common. Other variants have falsely claimed to be giving away many other car makes and models as well as Mini Coopers. If one of these scam posts comes your way, don’t be tempted to participate. You have zero chance of winning a car and you will be just helping scammers exploit people and make money out of their fraudulent activities.
An example of the scam post:
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!