According to a post being shared on Facebook, the “P&O Cruise” Facebook Page is giving away twenty boxes containing tickets for a 10-night cruise, $5000 spending money, and other cruise goodies.
The post claims that you can get one of the boxes by reposting and commenting. It features an image supposedly depicting the twenty P&O branded boxes.
A Page comment on the post claims that participants need to click a link and “answer a couple of questions”. Supposedly, you must answer these questions so that the company will know where to send your prize box if you win.
However, the Facebook Page that published the post is fraudulent. It has no connection to P&O Cruises and it is not giving away any goodie-filled boxes. Those who participate have no chance whatsoever of winning cruise tickets or any other prizes.
The image used in the scam post was stolen from a 2015 news post published by the environmental organization Friends of the Earth. The pictured boxes actually held 100,000 petition signatures that were to be sent to Carnival Cruise Lines. The scammers have altered the image so that the boxes appear to have P&O labels.
The bogus giveaway is a typical Facebook survey scam that is designed to trick you into divulging your personal information on suspect websites. If you click the link in the comment, you will be taken to a website that promises the chance to win further prizes in exchange for submitting your name, address, and contact details.
However, the information you supply will be shared with third-party marketing companies who will inundate you with unwanted and annoying phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters promoting their dodgy products and services.
By sharing and commenting on the fake giveaway post, you are helping the scammers get new victims and exposing your friends and family to the scam as well.
Facebook giveaway scams like this are very common and have used the names of many high-profile companies around the world. Several earlier versions have also falsely claimed to be giving away P&O Cruises.
Note that there is nothing about the supposed box giveaway on the genuine P&O Cruises Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified icon”.
If one of these scam posts crosses your News Feed, don’t be tempted to participate. And let the person who posted it know that the message is a scam.
An example of the scam post:
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!