Fake 50 Cent Cash Giveaway Facebook Page is a Like-Farming Scam
Facebook Page posing as the official fan page for 50 Cent, claims that the rapper is giving away millions of dollars to people who like his Page and share its posts.
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The Page is not associated with 50 Cent and no money is being given away. It is a like-farming scam designed to trick people into liking the Page and promoting it across the network by sharing its posts. Pages with high like numbers can later be sold on the black market or reused to perpetrate further scams.
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Congrats to the last winner 4 winners. Doing another one.. I will select 4 random people and divide it.. 1 million each. Must follow & complete 3 simple steps. Step 1) Like this post. Step 2) Share this post. Step 3) Like my page. 50 Cent +
'50 Cent' Facebook Page Offers Million Dollar Prizes
According to this Facebook Page, which claims to be the official 50 Cent page, the US based rapper
is giving away millions of dollars in cash and prizes to some lucky fans.
The Page includes a series of prize posts that feature photographs of large sums of cash. Some of the images depict 50 Cent himself posing with the cash.
Supposedly, all you need do for a chance to win is like and share one of the Page's prize posts and like the 50 Cent + Page.
Page is Not Associated with 50 Cent - Like Farming Scam
However, the Page is fake. It is not the official 50 Cent Page as claimed and is not associated with the rapper in any way. And, it is certainly not giving away millions of dollars.
The fake page uses the name '50 Cent +' rather than just '50 cent'. The rapper's genuine Facebook Page
is called simply 50 Cent, and includes Facebook's blue tick verified symbol.
The fake Page is a like-farming scam
. Its purpose is simply to gather as many page likes as possible. It exploits 50 Cent's popularity to gain attention and uses the promise of million dollar giveaways as bait to entice users to like and share.
Pages with high numbers of likes can later be sold for high prices on the black market to other scammers. Or, the Pages may be used to launch survey scams or other types of fraudulent activities, this time to a much larger audience.
The images used on the fake Page have been stolen from other sources, including 50 Cent video clips
and news articles
about the rapper
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Last updated: January 5, 2015
First published: January 5, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen