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Watch Out For ‘Luxury RV’ Giveaway Scams on Facebook

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Various Facebook Pages claim that you can win a luxury RV or motorhome just by liking, sharing, and commenting.

Brief Analysis

The Facebook Pages are fraudulent. They are not giving away RVs as claimed. There are no prizes and no winners. The bogus Pages are scams designed to rapidly accumulate large numbers of Page likes. Once the Pages have gained high like numbers, they can be reused for other types of scam or sold on the black market to other scammers.

Typical Examples

RV Giveaway Facebook Scam 2020

Transcript:

Unfortunately, the Christmas winner (Samantha B. – Queenstown) of our competition was under the age of 16 and unable to accept their prize. Therefore, we will be giving out the stunning 2019 Avida Longreach to someone who shares and comments below by Feb 7th.
Like our page for updates. Good luck!

Major RV Giveaway Scam on Facebook

 

Detailed Analysis

Facebook Pages claiming that you can win a luxury RV just by liking, sharing, and commenting continue to be common on Facebook. Some versions use the term ‘motor home’ rather than RV or use both terms in the text of their posts.

Typically, the Pages ask you to share, like, and comment on a promotional post and also like the Page itself.
However, all of these Facebook Pages are fraudulent.  They are not giving away RVs (or motor homes) as claimed. The promised prizes do not exist and no amount of liking, sharing, and commenting will give you even the slightest chance of winning one.

These Facebook Pages are typical like-farming scams. Their purpose is to gather very large numbers of likes very quickly. By specifying that users must like, share, and comment, the scammers responsible for the Pages ensure that their fraudulent material is seen by an ever-growing audience.  They effectively turn the hapless users who are taken in by these giveaway scams into their own personal posse of spammers.

After the like count on the scam Pages has significantly increased, the scammers can then use the Pages to launch follow-on scams such as survey scams, this time to a considerably larger pool of potential victims. Alternatively, they may sell the – now like-heavy – Pages to other scammers who will, in turn, repurpose them for their own spam or scam campaigns.

Scam Facebook Pages likes these are very common on Facebook. But, alas, despite a good deal of publicity about such scam attempts, they continue to find new victims.

Don’t be tempted to participate in these bogus giveaways ‘just in case’ they are legitimate. By doing so, you are not only aiding and abetting scammers but also exposing your Facebook friends to their fraudulent material.



Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer