According to a post that is currently spreading rapidly on Facebook, you could win a Hawaiian holiday for two courtesy of Virgin Australia just by sharing and commenting.
The post, which comes from a Facebook Page that calls itself “Virgin Australia”, claims that the winner of the company’s latest competition has refused the prize for personal reasons. So, claims the post, the Hawaiian holiday prize is being offered once again.
However, the Facebook Page is bogus. It has no connection to Virgin Australia and no holidays are being given away. No amount of sharing and commenting will give you the chance to win a trip to Hawaii.
Moreover, the primary photograph in the post actually depicts a resort in Bora Bora, rather than Hawaii.
The fraudulent giveaway posts on the Facebook Page are designed to promote the Page to a much larger audience via shares and comments as well as gather Page likes. Later, the bogus Facebook Page can be used to promote further scams, this time to a much larger pool of potential victims.
If this or similar giveaway posts hit your Facebook News Feed, do not be tempted to participate. Doing so not only helps online scammers to prosper but also exposes your friends and family to the scams.
Note that the genuine Virgin Australia Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified” icon beside the name, does not mention the supposed holiday giveaway.
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!