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‘Pieces of iPad’ Giveaway Facebook Scam

by Brett M. Christensen


Message being shared across Facebook claims that a particular Page is giving away 193 “pieces of iPad 2” to users who share an image and like the Page.

Brief Analysis

The Page is not giving away iPads as claimed. There are no prizes and no winners. The message is a scam designed to promote both a Facebook Page and an associated blog as well as accumulate as many Page likes as possible.


We have got 193 pieces of iPad 2 that can’t be sold because they have been unsealed. Therefore we are giving them away for free. Want one of them? Just Share this photo & Like our page and we will choose 193 people completely at random on 20th October 2014

=>60 winners selected still 133 remaining share, like, comment(done) and you could be the next one.

Don’t forget to click here [link Removed]

Common Hurry up Guys .

iPad Giveaway Scam Facebook Post


Detailed Analysis

According to a message that has been circulating Facebook in various incarnations for several months, a particular Facebook Page is giving away 193 iPads to users willing to share a promotional image and like the Page. The message claims that, because the iPads have been unsealed, they cannot be sold and the promoters have therefore decided to give them all away.

Participants are urged to enter before the end date specified in the message and are asked to comment with the word “done” after liking the Page and sharing the material. The messages also ask you to click a link, which opens a humour blog.

However, the supposed giveaway is a like-farming scam. There are no winners and no iPads are being given away. The bogus giveaway is an underhand tactic used by unscrupulous Facebook Page owners to promote their Page and garner large numbers of likes as well as promote a third party website.
The same fake giveaway message has been used to promote several different Facebook Pages and sites. Such fake promotions can be an effective marketing tool for those unethical enough to use them. By liking, sharing and commenting, users are effectively promoting the target Page to all of their friends. Pages that use the tactic can collect thousands of likes in just a few days.

The “unsealed products” story is apparently a favourite among like-farmers. Do not trust any message that claims that costly items are being given away because the packaging has been opened. Companies are not likely to giveaway thousands of dollars worth of products just because they have been unsealed.  The concept is simply absurd.

Often, as in this case, the tactic is used to raise the profile of an existing business or service. In other cases, the goals are to collect large numbers of likes so that the Page can be used to launch survey scams or other types of fraudulent activity. In some cases, the Page may be sold on the black market to other scammers.

Like-farming scams are now very common on Facebook. Be wary of any Page or message that claims that you can receive an expensive prize just by liking, sharing or commenting. Do not aid the unethical users who create these bogus giveaways by liking, sharing or commenting on their material. And, if such a message comes your way, please let the poster know that the message is a scam.

Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,