As per usual, Facebook like-farmers continue to trick people into liking and sharing by offering the chance to win expensive prizes that do not exist. In this version of the scam, a bogus ‘IPhone 6s’ Facebook Page promises that you can win one of 300 iPhones just by liking the Page and a promotional post, adding a comment, and sharing the information with your friends.
Of course, no iPhones are being given away. The Page is a scam designed to accumulate as many likes as possible in the shortest possible time. Facebook Pages with high numbers of likes can be sold on the black market to other scammers. Or, they can be reused to launch survey scams or other types of fraudulent activity, this time to a much larger audience.
Be wary of any Facebook Page or post that claims that you can win expensive prizes just by liking and sharing. This Hoax-Slayer YouTube video explains more about like-farming scams:
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!