Post going viral on Facebook claims that “for the first time in Facebook history”, you can get a chance to win a 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser just by liking, sharing, and commenting.
The post is fraudulent. No Land Cruisers are being given away and there will be no winners other than the scammers who created the bogus giveaway. The Post and associated Facebook Page are designed to accumulate large numbers of likes very quickly so that the Page can be repurposed to launch further scams or sold on the black market to other scammers.
For the FIRST time in facebook history we are giving away 5 Toyota Land Cruiser 2016 to Five Lucky winners that would randomly selected on August 31, 2016. Would you like to join this amazing giveaway?
To Participate Follow The Simple Steps Below:
Step 1: Like & Share This Photo
Step 2: Comment which color you prefer
The winners will be messaged on public. Thank you for joining.
According to a post that is rapidly gaining momentum on Facebook, you can get a chance to win one of five 2016 Toyota Land Cruisers that are being given away “for the first time in Facebook history”.
All you need do to enter, claims the post, is like and share a photo of the supposed prize cars and add a comment specifying which colour vehicle you would like should you win. The post promises that “winners will be messaged on public” come August 31.
But, alas, the post and the Facebook Page it comes from are fraudulent. People who participate have precisely zero chance of winning a Land Cruiser. Or, even a third-hand Toyota Corolla with a busted headlight, for that matter. There are no prizes and no winners other than the scammers responsible for creating this utterly bogus giveaway.
The goals of these scammers are simply to gather as many likes as possible in the shortest possible time. The scammers know that, by offering such an enticing – albeit entirely fictional – prize and stipulating that users must like, share, and comment to enter, their fraudulent material will reach an ever-increasing pool of potential victims. And their scam page will, therefore, gain very large numbers of likes in very short order.
Once the scam Facebook Page has thus harvested a gob-smackingly large number of new likes, it can then be redeployed as a venue for survey scam campaigns or other types of fraud. The, now like-laden Page, will thus have much greater reach for later scam attempts.
Alternatively, the Page may be sold on the black market to other fraudsters, who will use it for their own spam and scam campaigns. The more likes a Facebook Page has, the more it can be sold for on the black market.
Scams very similar to this one are very common on Facebook. In fact, high-end vehicles have supposedly been given away “for the first time in Facebook history” on numerous other occasions. Don’t fall for these absurd scams. You will not win a valuable prize such as a luxury motor vehicle just by liking and sharing. It is just not going to happen. Don’t trust any Facebook Page or post that makes such a claim.
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!