Like-Farming Facebook Page Promises 'Luxury Villa in Spain' As Prize for Liking and Sharing
Over the years, scammers have used many different prizes as bait on their fraudulent Facebook Pages. Smart phones, computers, game consoles, air tickets, cruises, and even luxury cars have all been promised by these scammers via a seemingly endless stream of bogus Facebook Pages. Of course, none of the promised prizes actually exist. The supposed prizes are designed to trick unwary Facebook users into interacting with the bogus Pages.
In this version, the scammers have upped the ante even more by promising the chance to win no less than a luxury villa in Spain just for liking, sharing, and commenting. The fake Facebook Page promising the villa giveaway is supposedly associated with UK travel company Thomson. The Page is named 'Thomson' and features the Thomson logo. However, the Page has no connection to the genuine Thomas Holidays Facebook Page.
A post on the fake page claims that the company is giving away a luxury holiday villa located in Marbella, Spain as a means of celebrating its '50 years of success'. And, claims, the post, all you need do for a chance to win the villa is share and like the post and add the comment 'win'.
Of course, just as with other such scams, the Page is not giving away the promised prize. No amount of liking, sharing and commenting will give you even the vaguest chance of winning a villa in Spain or anywhere else. And, in fact, the pictured prize villa is actually a rental villa located in the Aphrodite Hills region of Cyprus, not Marbella, Spain as claimed in the scam post. The scammers took the image from an accommodation booking site.
The Page also promotes various other scam Facebook Pages, including a fake Tiffany Page that falsely claims to be giving away a ring worth £50,000.
The goal of the scammers who create these fake prize pages is to accumulate as many Page likes as possible in the shortest possible time. By tricking people into liking, sharing, and commenting, the scammers ensure that their bogus material will be seen by an ever-widening pool of potential victims and its Page like count will climb accordingly.
Once the Page has gathered a large number of likes, it can be used to launch survey scams and other types of scam and spam campaigns, this time to a considerably larger audience. Or, instead, the Page may be sold on the black market to other scammers who will repurpose it for their own needs. The more likes a Page has the more money it can command on the black market.
Be wary of any Facebook Page or post that promises valuable prizes just for liking, sharing and commenting or for participating in online surveys.
TO CELEBRATE OUR 50 YEARS OF SUCCESS WE'RE GIVING AWAY THIS LUXURY HOLIDAY VILLA IN MARBELLA, SPAIN!
TO ENTER: SHARE, LIKE & COMMENT: WIN!
THEN LIKE OUR PAGE!
Last updated: September 29, 2015
First published: September 29, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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