Various posts currently appearing on Facebook are claiming that you can win an Avan Ovation Motorhome just by sharing and commenting. Some versions ask you to click a link to register as well as share and comment.
The posts, which originate on several different Avan related Facebook Pages, feature a gallery of images depicting one of the motorhomes.
Avan is an Australian based company that sells a range of campers, caravans, and motorhomes. However, the circulating prize posts have no connection to Avan and those who participate have no chance of winning anything at all.
In fact, the posts are typical Facebook giveaway scams designed to promote fraudulent Facebook Pages by building popularity and like-numbers. Like many other current scams, some of the fake Avan posts are attempting to capitalize on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Links in some versions of the posts open a fake website that invites you to click a button to register in the supposed prize draw. However, clicking opens a dodgy website that claims that you can sign up to get free access to books, magazines and music. To get the supposedly free access, the site insists that you enter a valid credit card, ostensibly as a means of verifying your account. Many people report that their credit cards have been charged when they sign up for these supposedly free services.
Any service that is willing to promote itself via deliberately deceptive tactics such as fake Facebook giveaways certainly should not be trusted with your credit card details or any other personal information.
Some of the fake Avan Facebook Pages have already been removed. However, others are being created to replace them. If one of these bogus motorhome giveaway posts crosses your news feed, don’t be tempted to participate. You have precisely zero chance of winning the promised motorhome and, by participating, you will be helping scammers gain new victims and conduct fraudulent activities.
Avan is warning people about the scams via its Facebook Page.
More information about Facebook Giveaway Scams:
Screenshots of two of the scam posts:
A screenshot of the scam website:
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!