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‘Trending WorldWide’ Facebook Page Is a Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Yet another scam page on Facebook is duping unwary users by offering free holidays.  This version calls itself “Trending WorldWide” and offers users the chance to win various fabulous prizes, including Christmas trips to New York, luxury stays in Phuket, and Lord Howe Island getaways all with spending money thrown in.

Of course,  prizes offered are not real and there will be no winners other than the scammers who created the fake prize page.

In fact, the “Trending WorldWide”  Facebook Page is a typical like-farming scam designed to promote itself across the network and gather large numbers of Page likes as quickly as possible.

Once the bogus Facebook Page has substantially increased its likes and potential reach via the fake prize offers, its owners can then launch survey scams and other types of fraudulent schemes, this time to a much larger pool of potential victims.

In some cases, the scammers may private message participants and claim that they have won a prize.  But, the scammers will ask for upfront payments or sensitive personal information, ostensibly to allow the prize claim to be processed.

Scams like this are extremely common on Facebook.

Here’s how Facebook Like-Farming works:


Screenshots of some of the Trending WorldWide scam posts:

Trending WorldWide Scam Post

 

Trending WorldWide Scam Post

Trending WorldWide Scam Post



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