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Chevrolet Camaro Giveaway Like-Farming Scam


Outline

Facebook Page claims that 'for the second time in facebook history' two 2014 Chevrolet Camaros are being given away on Facebook. To enter, users are instructed to like a promotional post, share an image of the Camaros, and state their desired car colour via a comment.

Camaro Like Farming scam
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Brief Analysis

The Page is fake and has no connection to either Facebook or Chevrolet. The claim that Camaros are being given away is a lie. The Page is a like-farming scam designed to trick users into liking the Page and further advertising it via shares and comments. Pages with high numbers of likes can be used to launch ongoing spam and scam campaigns or can be sold on the black market.

Example

For the second time in facebook history we are giving away two Chevrolet Camaros to two winners that we will select on November 25 completely at random.

Would you like to join this amazing giveaway for a chance to own a brand new Camaro ? Simply follow the steps below to enter the competition :

1. Share & Like this photo
2. Comment below your desired color

The winners will be messaged via inbox message

Good Luck

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Facebook Scam

Detailed Analysis

A message currently being distributed on Facebook claims that a particular Facebook Page is giving away two 2014 Chevrolet Camaros to Facebook users. The Page claims that this is the 'second time in facebook history' that Camaros are being given away via the network.

Hopeful participants are instructed to like and share a picture featuring the "prize", and add a comment noting what colour car they would like if they win.

In fact, the Page is yet another like-farming scam and it is certainly not giving away a Chevrolet Camaro as claimed. The Page is not associated in any way with either Chevrolet or Facebook.

The Page is very similar to another scam that first surfaced in October 2013. The first version claimed that 'for the first time ever in Facebook history' a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro was being given away on Facebook. And, the Page closely mirrors another fake Facebook Page that claims to be giving away and Audi R8.

The intent of the people who create these fraudulent Pages is to collect a large number of likes in as short a time as possible. The enticing prizes encourage many users to like, share and comment, thereby promoting the bogus Pages across the network. These bogus marketing campaigns work very well and Pages that use the technique can amass thousands of likes in just a few days.

Pages with high like counts can later be used to perpetrate yet more spam and scam campaigns. Often, subsequent "prize draws" promoted via the bogus pages will involve participants in survey scams designed to trick them into divulging their personal information and subscribing to expensive SMS "services".  In some cases, the scammers may try to extract personal information and money from users by pretending that they have won the promised prize.

Popular Facebook Pages can also be sold on the black market to other unscrupulous marketers and repurposed to further the new owner's specific promotional goals.

Like-Farming Pages like this one are now very common. Be wary of any Facebook Page or message that claims that you can receive an expensive prize just by liking, sharing and commenting. Do not further the aims of these scammers by participating in their bogus promotions.



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Last updated: November 20, 2014
First published: October 23, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
What is a Facebook Survey Scam? - Survey Scams Explained
Facebook Like-Farming Scams