According to a post that is currently being shared on Facebook, you can win a 2018 Ford Raptor just by sharing the post and then visiting a website to claim your prize.
The post includes photographs of a Ford Raptor in various colours.
A screenshot of the scam post:
But, alas, the post is a scam. Those who participate have no chance of winning the promised prize. The Facebook page that the post was published on is fraudulent, and no Ford Raptors are being given away.
Moreover, the vehicle depicted in the post’s photos is not a 2018 model Ford Raptor. In fact, the images were stolen from a 2010 post on a car enthusiasts forum. The person who posted the images used Photoshop to create images of the same vehicle in several different colours.
The fraudulent message is designed to trick you into first spamming your Facebook friends with the same fake prize post and then visiting a dodgy “survey” website.
If you click the link in the post in the hope of completing your entry, you will be taken to a bogus web page that claims that you must fill out or a short survey ( or “syrvey”, according to the page) to enter. The web page invites you to click on your country name to proceed.
Clicking takes you to another website that promises the chance to win further prizes by filling in surveys and providing your name and contact details. But, if you do participate, the information you provide will be shared with site sponsors and external marketing companies.
Thus, soon after participating, you will begin receiving unwanted and annoying emails, text messages, phone calls, and letters promoting a variety of products and services you no doubt neither want nor need.
And, no matter how many surveys you fill out, you will never get to complete your entry to win the Ford Raptor. To reiterate, the promised prize does not exist and your chances of winning are nil.
Giveaway and prize scams like this one are very common on Facebook. If one comes your way, don’t be tempted to participate. By doing so, you will be exposing your family and friends to the scam, aiding and abetting Facebook fraudsters, and willingly giving your personal information to unscrupulous online marketers.
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!