According to a post currently being shared across Facebook, you can get a chance to win a free Range Rover just by sharing and commenting.
Supposedly, the previous winner of the vehicle was not eligible to accept the prize because she was under 16 years of age. So, claims the post, the Range Rover will now be given to someone who shares and comments “to show our support during these rough times”.
But, in fact, the post is a scam. No Range Rovers are being given away and no amount of liking and sharing will get you one. The fake giveaway is designed to increase the popularity and reach of the bogus Facebook Page that the post was published on.
At the time of writing, the fake promotion had gathered more than 100K shares and close to 90K comments, so the tactic certainly works. Later, the – now considerably more popular – Page can be used to launch further scams, this time to a much larger pool of potential victims.
Range Rovers seem to be a particular favourite among Facebook scammers. There have been dozens of similar Range Rover giveaway scams on Facebook in recent years.
If this fake giveaway post comes your way, don’t be tricked into participating. You have no chance whatsoever of winning a Range Rover. And, by liking and sharing, you are helping scammers gain more victims, some of whom may be your friends and family members.
A screenshot of the scam post:
Transcript of the scam post:
We’re sorry to inform everyone that Kathleen Carson was not eligible due to being under the age of 16. So to show our continued support during these rough times we decided to give it to someone else who shares and also comments by 3pm Tuesday!
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!