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PlayStation 4 Like and Share Giveaway Facebook Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Facebook Page claims it is giving away ‘200 pieces of Play Station 4’ because they have been unsealed and therefore cannot be sold. The Page claims that users can win just by liking and sharing.

Brief Analysis

The Page is lying. It is not giving away PlayStations. This is a callous attempt to trick users into liking the bogus Page and spamming out its fraudulent messages. The goal of the scammers is to harvest as many Page likes as possible so that the bogus Page can be used to launch more scams or be sold on the black market to other scammers.

Examples

Playstation 4 Facebook Scam 1

 

Playstation 4 Facebook Scam 2

 

We have got 200 pieces of Play Station 4 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 200 people completely at random on December 1st! as your Christmas gift!

40 winners selected still 160 remaining SHARE! COMMENT(done) and you could be the next one.

Playstation 4 Facebook Scam 3

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a bogus ‘Play Station 4’ Facebook Page and its associated messages, Facebook users can win one of 200 ‘pieces of Play Station 4’ just by liking, sharing and commenting. Supposedly, the game consoles can no longer be sold because they are unsealed and the Page has therefore decided to simply give them away.

To win, users are instructed to like the page, share a picture that is claimed to show the “unsealed” prizes, and add the comment “done” after the liking and sharing.

But, of course, the Page is not giving away PlayStations and the only winners here will be the scammers who created the Page. This attempt is just one more in a seemingly endless parade of like-farming scams that claim to be giving away expensive items because they are unsealed. Any claim that expensive products are being given away just because the packaging has been opened is sure to be a lie.

The promotional image used on the scam Page was stolen from an unrelated website depicting PS4’s stacked in a warehouse.
The goal of these Facebook scammers is to rapidly accumulate large numbers of Page likes. Every keen gamer that clicks the “Like” button is playing into the hands of these fraudsters. And, by tricking people into spamming all their friends with the fake prize messages, the scammers promote the Page across Facebook, amassing many more likes. Even commenting “done” helps to further promote the page.

Such fraudulent marketing strategies can generate hundreds of thousands of likes in just a few days.

After a bogus Page has gained a suitably large number of likes, it can be used to launch survey scams or other types of fraudulent activity. The scammers may contact people who have participated and trick them into sending advance fees or personal information by informing them that they have won. Or, the Page may be sold on the black market to other scammers.

Other recent variants of the same like-farming ruse have falsely claimed to be giving away, iPhones and iPads. And alternative scam Pages have falsely promised free PlayStations 4’s to people willing to offer their services as testers of the device.

Be wary of any Facebook Page or message that claims that you can win an expensive prize just for liking and sharing.

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,
Hoax-Slayer