Have you come across a Facebook Page that claims that US actor and comedian Tyler Perry is giving away cash and expensive gifts to his fans just for liking, commenting and sharing? If so, don’t be tempted to participate.
These Facebook Pages are scams designed to trick you into promoting the pages and visiting suspect websites. The Pages are not associated with or endorsed by Tyler Perry in any way whatsoever, and those who choose to participate will never receive the promised cash or gifts.
A great many of these scam pages have appeared in recent years. As soon as one of the fake pages is taken down, several more will appear in its place.
The scammers who create these fake Facebook Pages insist that people share posts and add comments to be in the running for the prizes offered. Via this ruse, the scammers ensure that their fraudulent material reaches a continually growing number of potential victims. The scammers are thus able to substantially increase their Page likes, thereby further extending their reach for subsequent scam campaigns.
Many of the scam posts also insist that you click a link as a means of registering for the giveaway. However, the links do not open any official registration document. Instead, they open a suspect video streaming website that tries to entice you to supply your personal information to view or download “free” movies.
These sites often try to get you to donate or pay fees for a premium version. However, any sites that use scam Facebook pages and other deceptive tactics to promote their services should not be trusted with your credit card details or any other personal information.
Some versions of the fake Tyler Perry posts point to scammy online survey sites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for providing your personal information. The information you supply will be shared with suspect marketing companies who will subsequently inundate you with unwanted promotional emails, text messages, phone calls, and letters.
The genuine Tyler Perry Facebook fan page has Facebook’s official blue tick icon beside the name to verify it’s authenticity.
Do not trust any Facebook Page that claims to belong to Tyler Perry if it does not display the blue tick icon.
Examples 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!