According to a post that is being shared on Facebook, you can win a children’s outdoor playhouse just by liking and sharing the post, adding the comment “done”, and liking the originating Facebook Page.
Here’s what the post looks like:
But, alas, the supposed giveaway is a typical Facebook like-farming scam. The Facebook Pages that the post comes from are not giving away the promised prize and those who participate have no chance whatsoever if winning anything at all.
The very same giveaway post has appeared on several different scam Facebook Pages in recent weeks.
The bogus giveaway is designed to accumulate large numbers of Facebook likes as quickly as possible. Once the Page using the bogus giveaway post has collected a large number of likes, it can then be reused to launch other types of scam.
Or, it might be sold on the black market to other scammers. The more likes a Facebook Page has acquired the more it can be sold for.
Like-farming scams continue to be very common on Facebook. There many versions, all offering different prizes as bait to potential victims. Other versions offer tech gear, store coupons, holidays, cars, and even houses as prizes. None of the promised prizes actually exist and there are no winners other than the scammers themselves.
This Hoax-Slayer YouTube video explains more about how like-farming scams work:
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!