Facebook Like-Farming Scam - 100 MacBook Laptop Giveaway
Facebook Page claims that it is giving away 100 MacBook laptops. For a chance to win, users are instructed to like and share a photo of the prize, add a comment specifying their colour preference should they win, and like the Page.
The Page is fraudulent and it is not giving away MacBook laptops as claimed.
It is a scam designed to accumulate as many likes as possible in the shortest possible time. Pages with high numbers of likes can be sold on the black market or used to perpetrate further scam campaigns.
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We are giving away 100 Macbook Laptops. All that you need to do is complete the easy steps below to participate! (Worldwide)
Step 1. Like this photo.
Step 2. Share this photo. *MUST*
Step 3. Comment color black/white
Like us on FB: [Link removed]
The lucky winners will be selected in 48 hours. Only people that have completed all steps can participate. Winner will be announced at our Facebook fan page or in private message so make sure you like us on Facebook. Good luck.
We have got 100 boxes of Macbooks that can’t be sold because they have been unsealed. Therefore we are giving them away for free.
Want one of them? Just Share this photo & Like our page [removed] and we will choose 100 people completely at random on 22nd of April and winners will be posted here
Facebook Page Claims to be Giving Away 100 MacBook Laptops
According to posts originating from a Mac fans Facebook Page, you can win one of 100 MacBook laptops just by liking, sharing, and commenting on an image of the prize laptops and then clicking a link and liking the Page itself.
The posts claim that winners will be selected at random and announced via the Facebook Page. It asks participants to add a comment specifying what colour laptop they would like should they win.
The Page contains a series of very similar MacBook giveaway posts.
Some of the posts claim that the laptops are being given away because they are unsealed and therefore cannot be sold.
Page is a Like-Farming Scam - No Laptops are Being Given Away
However, the Page is a typical like-farming scam
. No laptops are being given away and there will be no winners.
The Page and the fake giveaway posts it spawns are designed to accumulate large numbers of likes as rapidly as possible. By tricking people into liking, sharing, and commenting the scammers ensure that their bogus promotions will reach an ever-widening audience and gain a great many new Page likes during the process.
Once a Facebook Page has accumulated a large number of likes, the scammers can use it to launch survey scams
or other types of fraudulent messages, this time to a considerably larger audience.
Alternatively, the Page may be sold on the black market to other scammers who will repurpose it and use it to further their own unscrupulous goals. Pages with high like numbers can command quite high resale prices.
Facebook scammers often use the absurd claim that large numbers of expensive items must be given away because they are unsealed. Do not trust any promotion that makes such a claim.
Like-farming scams continue to be very common
. Be wary of any post or Page that promises expensive prizes just for liking, sharing, and commenting.
Last updated: April 8, 2015
First published: April 8, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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