A fraudulent Facebook Page that calls itself The New York Experience continues to dupe unwary Facebook users into promoting fake New York holiday prizes and divulging their personal information on suspect websites.
Here’s a screenshot of the initial scam post:
If you like and share as instructed and then add the comment “New York”, the page will automatically send you the following private message:
After replying with the word “Verify”, you will receive a second message as follows:
If you click the “Complete Entry” button, you will be taken to one of several dodgy competition websites that ask you to provide your name and contact details, ostensibly so that you can go in the draw for further prizes.
But, alas, the fake Facebook Page has no New York trips to give away and you have no chance whatsoever of winning the promised holiday.
By first getting you to like, share, and comment, the scammers ensure that their fraudulent giveaway posts spread rapidly across Facebook and are seen by an increasing number of potential victims.
They increase this reach even further by tricking people into directly tagging their friends.
And, finally, the scammers will earn commissions each time victims enter their personal details on one of the prize websites. The information that victims provide will be shared with “site sponsors” and unscrupulous marketing companies.
So, after participating, victims will soon be inundated with phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters promoting a variety of suspect products and services.
Fake prize scams are very common on Facebook. This one tends to be a little more sophisticated than many other versions. The use of private messages may make the scam attempt seem more legitimate to some users.
Victims may not initially realise that the private messages are entirely automated and may thus believe that they are having a personal conversation with a Page admin. By establishing what appears to be a personalised dialogue with victims, the scammers may be more likely to convince them to follow instructions.
Moreover, if victims respond to the private messages, the scammers know that they are potentially vulnerable to further fraudulent messages. In a sense, the private messages have established a direct relationship with the potential victim. The scammers can exploit this illusion of a relationship by directly targeting victims via advance fee scams or other types of fraud.
Be wary of any Facebook Page or post that promises the chance to win expensive prizes such as holidays, air travel, cars, or cruises just for liking, sharing, and commenting.
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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!