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According to a Facebook Page that calls itself ‘Vin Dominic’ you can win prizes such as gift cards, cars, and large sums of money just by liking, sharing, and commenting before clicking a link to download a copy of the latest Fast and Furious movie.
Posts on the Page feature photographs of Vin Diesel and other Fast and Furious actors along with images depicting the supposed cash giveaways.
But, in fact, the Facebook Page is just another celebrity giveaway scam. No amount of liking, sharing, commenting, and downloading will get you any cash or prizes. The only winners here are the scammers who created the bogus Facebook Page.
And, this version is even dumber than some of its predecessors, which I must say is quite an achievement. Supposedly, ‘Vin Dominic’ is the famous person handing out all the promised cash and prizes. But, in fact, “Vin Dominic’ is not even a real person. In the Fast and Furious movies, actor Vin Diesel plays the part of a leading character called Dominic Toretto. The scammers who created the fake Page have simply amalgamated the names of the actor and the character he plays to create the generous but entirely fictional person who is supposedly giving away all the money.
Moreover, some of the scam posts claim that you can click to download a copy of Fast and Furious 9. In fact, the ninth movie is not even out yet and will not be released until 2020.
But, alas, despite the obvious absurdity of the scam, many hapless Facebook users are commenting “WIN” and, presumably, clicking the download link as instructed.
By tricking people into liking, sharing, and commenting, the scammers ensure that their fake posts spread far and wide and get seen by an ever-growing pool of potential victims.
If you click the link in the bogus posts, you will be taken to a suspect video hosting website that asks for your personal and financial information. Supposedly, the movie downloads are free but the site insists that you provide your credit card details as a way of validating your account.
Often, new versions of these fake celebrity pages are published as soon as older ones are removed. If one of these fake Fast and Furious giveaway posts comes your way, do not interact with it. And do not click on it.
Moreover, do not do business with any company that allows itself to be promoted via outright scams such as bogus celebrity giveaways. A company that uses such tactics certainly should not be trusted with your credit card numbers or any other personal information.
A screenshot of one of the scam posts:
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!