Argos TV Giveaway Facebook Scam
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More Fake Argos TV Giveaway Scams Hitting Facebook

by Brett M. Christensen

According to a post that is currently being shared on Facebook, UK retailer Argos has decided to do something special by giving away 200 TVs that are sitting in the company’s warehouse.

Supposedly, the TVs “fully work” but were scheduled to be binned after being returned due to scratches, dents, or chips.  The post, which was published via a Facebook Page called “Argos Group” claims that the 200 TVs will be given away free to 200 Facebook users who have shared and commented on the post by the end of August.

However, the post has no connection to Argos and those who like and comment as instructed have no chance whatsoever of receiving a free TV, scratched or otherwise.  No TVs are being given away.

Instead, the post is a typical Facebook giveaway scam designed to gather likes and increase the potential reach of the fraudulent Facebook Page that published it.

Images used in the scam post have been stolen from unrelated sales websites.

Sharing and commenting and liking the Facebook Page, simply helps fraudsters built a larger audience for future scam campaigns.  Don’t be tempted to participate! If you do, you will be helping Facebook scammers and exposing your Facebook friends to the fraudulent giveaway.

This scam is very similar to another recent scam which falsely claimed that Argos was giving away TVs to “Make Lockdown More Fun”.
For the record,  there is no mention of the supposed TV giveaway on the genuine Argos page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified’ icon.

A screenshot of the scam post:

Argos TV Giveaway Facebook Scam 2

 

Transcript:

We have 12 pallets of TV’s sitting in our warehouse which are scheduled to be binned as the TV’s were returns due to scratches, dents or chips. All TV’s still fully work. Instead of binning them we thought we’d do something special for you all. We’ll give all the 200+ TV’s away free to 200 people who have shared and commented on this post by the end of August.

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