Facebook post claims that you can win a $1000 Amazon Gift Card by liking the post and associated Page, sharing the post, commenting “done”, and clicking a link to “validate your participation”.
The post and associated Facebook Page are fraudulent. No Amazon gift cards are being given away and those who participate have no chance of winning anything at all. The bogus giveaway is just a scam designed to trick people into divulging their personal information on dodgy survey websites.
According to a post that comes from a Facebook Page that supposedly offers daily deals to users, you can get the chance to win an Amazon gift card valued at $1000. All you need to do to win, claims the post, is like the Page and post, share the post, add the comment “Done”, and click a link to “validate your participation”.
However, the post is a scam. Those who participate have no chance of winning and no Amazon gift cards are being given away.
The scam post first tricks you into spamming your Facebook friends with the same fake giveaway by liking, sharing, and commenting. It also insists that you like the Facebook Page that the post comes from. Via these tricks, the unscrupulous Page owners can promote their Facebook Page far and wide across the network. And, because they will also gain a great many new Page likes, the scammers will be able to reach an even wider audience for further spam and scam campaigns.
If you click the “validate” link, you will be taken to one of several decidedly dodgy prize websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for supplying your name, phone numbers, email, address, and home address. But, a notice on the sites will state that, by participating, you are agreeing to share your information with site sponsors and third-party marketing companies. Thus, soon after participating, you will begin receiving unwanted phone calls, emails, text messages, and surface letters that try to sell you a range of products and services.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake Amazon gift card giveaway will earn commissions each time users provide information on one of the survey sites.
Giveaway scams like this one are very common on Facebook and people fall for them every day.
Last updated: February 3, 20
First published: February 3, 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!