Facebook scammers seemingly love giving away imaginary tiny houses. In recent years, there have been dozens of versions of these giveaway scams on Facebook, all featuring stolen images of tiny houses in various parts of the world.
The version I discuss here claims that all you need to do for a chance to win one of three beautiful tiny houses this February is share the post, add the comment “WIN”, and like the Facebook Page that the post is published on.
The post includes images stolen from the website of a New Zealand based company that specializes in tiny houses. The pictured tiny house was completed back in April 2019.
To be clear, no amount of liking, sharing, and commenting will get you a chance to win this tiny house or any other. The owners of the bogus Page do not have any tiny houses to give away.
In fact, the post is yet another like-farming scam designed to gather likes and promote the Page across Facebook.
Once the Facebook Page has accumulated a large number of likes via such fake giveaways, it can then be used to launch other types of scam, this time, to a much larger pool of potential victims. Or, the Page might be sold on the black market to other scammers. The more likes a Facebook Page has, the more it can be potentially sold for.
If you scroll down on the scam Facebook Page that is offering the imaginary tiny house giveaway, you will see other very similar posts promising the chance to win expensive RVs and other tiny houses. All the posts are scams. Fake RV giveaways are another scammer favourite.
New versions of these giveaway scams, many of which offer the same prizes and feature the same stolen images pop up all the time.
Don’t get caught out by these scams. And don’t be tricked into participating “just in case” the claims are real. These Facebook giveaway scams are not harmless. By participating, you are not only helping scammers promote their nefarious schemes but also exposing your family and friends to the scam as well.
A screenshot of the scam post:
This February – We are giving away three beautiful Tiny Houses for three families. To participate:
Like our page
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!