According to a post that is currently appearing on Facebook feeds, you can win a 2018 Ford Raptor just by sharing the post.
The post features images depicting a Ford Raptor in various colours. It claims that the previous winner lives outside of the United States so the vehicle is being given away again, this time to a US resident.
But, alas, the post is a scam. No amount of sharing will give you a chance to win the pictured vehicle. The scam is designed to promote a fraudulent Facebook Page by tricking people into sharing. Via this ruse, the Facebook page will be seen by an increasing number of Facebook users and will likely gain a great many new likes as a result.
The fake Facebook Page will later be used to launch survey scams or other fraudulent schemes, this time to a much larger audience of potential victims. Or, it might be sold on the black market to other scammers
For the record, the vehicle depicted in the post’s photos is not a 2018 model Ford Raptor. The images were stolen from a 2010 post on a car enthusiasts forum. The person who added the forum post used Photoshop to create several images of the same vehicle in different colours.
A very similar version of the Ford Raptor giveaway scam that used the same images targeted Facebook users earlier in 2018.
If one of these scam posts comes your way, do not help the scammers by liking, sharing, or commenting.
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!