Facebook Page calling itself “Virgin Airlines Australia” claims that a family of three has just pulled out of a trip to Bali so Virgin has decided to give away the holiday to a fan. Supposedly, all you need to do for a chance to win is like and share the giveaway post.
The Facebook Page is fraudulent and it is not associated with Virgin Australia in any way. The promised prize does not exist and those who participate have no chance of winning anything at all.
The fake Facebook Page is a scam designed to accumulate large numbers of Facebook likes as quickly as possible. Once the Page has collected a large number of likes, it can then be reused to launch other types of scam. Alternatively, it might be sold on the black market to other scammers.
The genuine Virgin Australia Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified” icon, makes no mention of the supposed giveaway. Virgin and a number of other high-profile airlines around the world are regularly targetted in Facebook like-farming and survey scams.
This Hoax-Slayer YouTube video explains more about how like-farming scams work:
A family of 3 has just pulled out of a holiday to Bali on March 20th – 27th. Since its such last-minute we thought why not give it to a fan, everything is already paid for (3 People). Like ✔ Share ✔
Last updated: February 20, 2017
First published: February 20, 2017
By Brett M. Christensen
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!