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Yet Another Toyota 4Runner Facebook Giveaway Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Facebook scammers continue to lure victims by pretending to give away brand new Toyota 4Runners.

According to one scam message that has been widely shared on Facebook, a previous winner of a 4Runner has not responded to organisers so they have decided to give the prize away again.

The message claims that, for a chance to win, you just need to share the post, add a comment, and then click a link to validate your entry.

This is not a legitimate promotion and has no connection to Toyota. No Toyota 4Runners are being given away and nobody will win anything. People who participate will be tricked into divulging their personal information on dodgy websites.

Here’s a screenshot of the scam post:

Toyota 4Runner Facebook Scam Post

If you share and comment as instructed, you will help the scammer promote the bogus giveaway and gain more victims, many of whom will likely be your friends and family.

Then, if you go to the link, you will be taken to a scam website that asks you to click a button to validate your entry.

Toyota 4Runner Facebook giveaway Scam Website

Clicking the button opens various scam websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for providing your name and contact details. But, the information you submit will be shared with unscrupulous companies who will subsequently bombard you with unwanted and annoying marketing emails, phone calls, text messages, and letters.

Companies who use such tactics should never be trusted with any of your personal information.  And, alas, no matter what information you provide, you will never actually validate your prize entry. There IS no prize. The Facebook Page is not giving away a 4Runner or any other prize.

Scams like this are very common on Facebook.  Be wary of any message that claims that you can win a valuable prize such as a car or holiday just by sharing and commenting and clicking a link.

A transcript of the scam message:

Ronald Cruz has won, But we tried numerous times reaching out to him for the past few weeks and received no response. Due too the non reply we are giving you all another shot at winning this brand new Toyota 4Runner just by sharing/commenting before 8pm Tuesday. Winner chooses their favorite color. After Visit [removed] to Validate Your Entry!

 

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After 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.

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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.

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Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
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