Circulating Facebook post claims that you can win the chance to go crazy in a Myers store and take whatever you want for ten minutes just by liking, sharing, and commenting.
The post is fraudulent and is not associated with Myer. There will be no winners. It is a scam designed to collect large numbers of likes as quickly as possible. A Facebook Page with high numbers of likes can later be sold to other scammers or used to perpetrate further scams.
WIN 10 MINUTES IN OUR STORE TO GO CRAZY!
Now you have the chance to go crazy in one of our stores and take everything you want for 10 minutes!
To join you have to:
1. Like the picture
2. Comment “Myer”
3. Share the picture
We will announce 5 winners the 15th of June!
According to a post currently being shared across Facebook, you can win a chance to ‘go crazy’ for ten minutes in a store belonging to Australian department store chain Myer. Supposedly, by liking and sharing the post and adding the comment ‘Myer’, you may win your ten crazy minutes during which you can take anything you want from the store. The post, which features an image of a Myer storefront, claims that winners will be announced on June 15th, 2016.
However, both the post and the Facebook Page that it originated from are fraudulent. The supposed promotion is not valid and is in no way associated with Myer. This is yet another Facebook scam designed to gather large numbers of likes and trick people into spamming their friends via shares and comments.
After such a fraudulent Facebook Page has gathered a large number of likes, it can then be used to launch survey scams, this time to a much larger pool of potential victims. Or, the now like-laden Page can be sold to other scammers who will use it to foster their own nefarious goals.
The genuine Myer Facebook Page, which is simply called ‘Myer’ rather than ‘Myer Australia’ features Facebook’s blue ‘verified’ icon to prove its authenticity. Much of the material featured on the bogus Page has been stolen from the genuine Myer Facebook Page. The image used in the scam post is stolen from other sources and depicts a Myer store in Joondalup, Western Australia.
Like-farming scams like this one are very common on Facebook. Be wary of any post that claims that you can win valuable prizes just by liking, sharing, and commenting.
Last updated: June 2, 2016
First published: June 2, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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!