Facebook Page that supposedly belongs to Australian hardware store chain Bunnings claims that you can win 20 minutes in your local Bunnings store during which you can take everything you want for free. For a chance to win, claims the Page, all you need to do is like the Page and a promotional picture, share the picture, and add the comment “Welcome”.
The Facebook Page is fraudulent. It is not associated with Bunnings in any way and the promised prize does not exist. The supposed giveaway is a scam designed to gather large numbers of Facebook likes as quickly as possible. Once a Facebook Page has gained many new likes, it can be reused to launch further scams. Alternatively, it can be sold on the black market to other scammers.
There are many scams like this on Facebook. Please do not be tempted to participate. You have no chance of winning the promised prize, which never existed to begin with. And, by participating, you are exposing all of your Facebook friends to the scam as well.
Bunnings has warned about such scams on its website
The following Hoax-Slayer YouTube video provides more information about like-farming scams:
Win 20 minutes in your Bunnings where you can take everything you want!
We have finally chosen to create a Facebook page for our lovely Warehouse, therefor you can win this amazing prize!
join the giveaway by:
1. Liking this picture.
2. Commeting “Welcome!”
3. Sharing the picture.
4. Liking Our Page Bunnings – Warehouse
3 Lucky winners will be Announced this friday!
Last updated: September 7, 2016
First published: September 7, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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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!