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Range Rover Giveaway Facebook Survey Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message claims that, for the first time in Facebook history, two Range Rovers are being given away via the network. The message instructs you to like and share the post and click a link for a chance to win.

Brief Analysis

The message is a scam. No Range Rovers are being given away.  The message and associated Facebook Page are designed to trick you into submitting your personal information via suspect survey scam websites.

Examples

For the FIRST time in facebook history we are giving away 2 Range Rovers to two winners that we will select on June 26 2015 completely at random. Would you like to join this amazing giveaway for a chance to own a brand new Range? Simply follow the steps below to enter the competition : We have moved the offer to the following link please go to the link to get this offer —>

Range Rover Scam 1

 

For the FIRST time in facebook history we are giving away 2 Range Rovers to two winners that we will select on December 22 completely at random.

Would you like to join this amazing giveaway for a chance to own a brand new Range? Simply follow the steps below to enter the competition :
1. LIKE and SHARE this photo!
2. To Claim Your Chance Click the following link –> [Link removed]
and that’s it!

Good Luck

Range Rover Scam 2

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a post being distributed rapidly across Facebook, you can win one of two Range Rover 4WD’s just by liking and sharing the post and clicking a ‘Claim Your Chance’ link.

The post comes from a recently created Facebook Page called ‘Range Rover // 4WD’. Supposedly, winners will be selected at random on December 22nd 2014.

However, the Page is a scam. The Page is certainly not giving away Range Rovers and has no association with either Facebook or Range Rover.

The Page is a survey scam designed to trick you into spamming your friends with the same bogus promotion and participating in dodgy online surveys designed to harvest your personal information.

If you like and share the fake prize post as instructed, you are effectively exposing your friends to the scam. By tricking people into liking and sharing, the scammers ensure that their fraudulent material reaches a wide audience.

If you click the link, you will be taken to a fake webpage that appears to host an entry form for the Range Rover prize draw. However, a popup box will prevent you from filling in the form (see screenshot below).

The Popup will claim that you must verify your account by clicking a link to fill in a survey.

The surveys offered will vary. In some cases, the survey page will ask you to supply your name, phone number and email address, ostensibly to allow you to go in the draw for further prizes. However, fine print on the page will note that, by entering, you are agreeing that your details may be shared with third party marketers. Thus, you may soon be inundated with unwanted and annoying marketing calls, emails and junk mail.

In other cases you may be asked to supply a mobile phone number. However, terms and conditions listed on the page will note that, by entering your mobile number, you are actually subscribing to a very expensive SMS ‘service’. Such SMS subscriptions will charge you several dollars for every message they send you along with an initial subscription fee. Often, they are quite difficult to unsubscribe from.

Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake Range Rover giveaway page will earn affiliate commissions each time somebody supplies their personal information via one of the survey sites.

And, no matter how many surveys you fill in, you will never get to submit the completely bogus – entry form.

Survey and like-farming scams that offer luxury vehicles as bait for unwary users are very common on Facebook. Be wary of any Facebook post or page that promises you the chance to win an expensive vehicle just by liking, sharing and filling in an online survey.

Range Rover Giveaway Scam Website

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