According to a post that is currently appearing on Facebook, you can win one of seven tiny houses just by liking and sharing. The post, which was published on a Facebook Page that calls itself “Holiday Club”, claims that the winners will be chosen at random on 21st June.
The post makes the absurd claim that the 7 tiny houses are being given away because they are unsealed and cannot be sold.
In fact, the post is fraudulent. No houses, tiny or otherwise, are being given away. Those who participate have no chance of winning anything at all.
The post is a typical like-farming scam designed to collect large numbers of Page likes as quickly as possible. The scammers use the lure of attractive prizes to trick people into liking and sharing. In this way, such fake posts can spread rapidly across Facebook and the scammers will gain a great many new Page likes.
Once the bogus Facebook Page has substantially increased its like numbers via a scam giveaway, the scammers can then use it to launch further scam attempts, this time to a much larger audience of potential victims.
Alternatively, the scammers may sell the Facebook Page on the black market to other scammers. The more likes a Page has the more it will likely sell for.
Scams like this one are very common on Facebook. Be wary of any post or page that promises valuable prizes just for liking, sharing, commenting, or filling in surveys. And, should you be tempted to participate just in case the giveaway is real, keep in mind that these scams are certainly not harmless.
A screenshot 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!