According to a post that is being shared widely across Facebook, tech company HP is giving away 50,000 brand new laptop computers to Facebook users.
Supposedly, for a chance to win, you need to type the word “WINNER” letter by letter without being interrupted by another competitor. The post, which includes the HP logo and images that supposedly depict the prize laptops, instructs you to message the Facebook Page when you have finished commenting.
However, the post has no connection to HP and those who decide to participate have no chance whatsoever of winning a laptop. No laptops are being given away.
The fake giveaway is designed to increase the popularity and like count of the bogus Facebook Page that published it. Via the fake giveaway, the Page can gain a great many likes and shares, thus significantly increasing its “reach” on Facebook. The bogus Page can then publish more scam posts that will be seen by an even larger pool of potential victims.
By stipulating that participants must comment with one letter at a time until they have completed the word “WINNER”, the scammers substantially increase the number of comments that the post attracts. The more comments, the more promotion for the fake Facebook Page.
And, if users are “interrupted by another competitor” while attempting to add their letters, they may well start over, which adds even more comments.
Moreover, the scammers can set up a personal dialogue with people who send a message after participating. The crooks may be able to trick people into divulging their sensitive personal information by claiming that they have won a laptop and must now complete a prize claim.
Please don’t participate in this fake giveaway or the hundreds of other such scams “just in case” they are real. There are no prizes and you have zero chance of winning. And, by participating you are not only helping scammers but also exposing your friends and family to the scams.
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!