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According to a “Hot-Giveaways” post that is being shared on Facebook, you can win an iPhone 7 by liking and sharing, adding the comment “I want an iPhone7!”, and visiting a link.
However, the post is a scam. No iPhones are being given away and those who participate have no chance of winning anything at all.
If you like, share, and comment as instructed, you will help the scammers gain more victims by promoting the fraudulent post to your friends. And, if some of your friends also like, share, and comment, the fake post can spread rapidly across Facebook accumulating many new victims as it travels.
If you then click the link in the hope of claiming your prize, your will be taken to a webpage that asks you to supply your name and address details, ostensibly so that your free iPhone can be delivered. After submitting the “delivery” form, you will then be told that you must complete an offer to get your iPhone. Links to various offers will appear on the page.
These links open various third-party offer and survey websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for providing your name and contact information. But, the information you supply will be shared with site sponsors and marketing companies. So, you will soon begin receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters peddling a range of dubious products and services.
The scammers who created the bogus iPhone giveaway will earn a commission each time somebody provides personal details on one of the third-party websites.
Moreover, via the bogus delivery form, the scammers also have the means to contact you directly via email or surface mail. In some cases, they may contact people and try to trick them into sending money to cover supposed delivery or processing fees for the – non-existent – free iPhone. Or they may use the contact details to try to draw victims into other types of scams.
Facebook survey scams continue to be very common and new versions appear every day.
An example of the scam post
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!