There is a rising trend of fake pages offering phony giveaways appearing on Facebook. These pretend giveaways are quite enticing by using expensive gadgets such as iPhones, iPads, etc. Facebook pages are easy and quick to create, most are genuine however there are a growing number of scam pages. Here are a few ways to spot the scams:
- Anything that offers expensive high-end gadgets for free, usually if you ‘like’ and ‘share’ the page,
- Words such as ‘unsealed’ usually appear in the fake promotion of the giveaway,
- The scams often involve large amounts of the same gadget such as 300 boxes of iPhone 5s and other gadgets,
- It often asks you to ‘share’ and like a ‘photo’ of the gadget. This then appears on your timeline in Facebook where your friends can then see it and also ‘share’ and ‘like’ it, then their friends ‘share’ and ‘like’ it. The amount of ‘shares’ and ‘likes’ grows exponentially as the fake promotion propagates its way through Facebook.
If you come across any scams like these, report them to Facebook; if many people report the same scam, they may end up being removed.
Why do they do it?
According to the website ‘wafflesatnoon.com’:
The biggest question is why someone would bother running a fake promotion, especially if they aren’t even linking to a website of any kind. From our research, we have found that the most likely reason such fake promotions are created is to simply build up a Facebook page with massive amounts of likes. These pages are then sold, renamed, and all traces of their fake promotions are deleted.
So in other words, it is a way of making money. A page with lots of likes can be sold, renamed and promoted as something else; the likes from the scam remain intact, making the page appear popular. Someone gains profit from selling the page containing all of these ‘likes’ and profits can also be gained via people selling from a ‘popular’ looking Facebook page.
How do I spot a real competition?
- They are offered by genuine companies,
- A real competition will have terms and conditions, which are found on the company’s website,
- The company should provide a link to its website,
- Some competitions may offer high-end prizes, but they are often given away in small numbers to a select few.
So just to warn you to look out for these scams as they becoming quite common throughout Facebook.
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