Facebook posts are going viral that claim to be giving away a “Gorgeous Tiny Dream House” for those that like, share and comment on a post.
An example of the post can be seen below –
This July – We’re giving away a Gorgeous Tiny Dream House with great use of space. To enter the giveaway :
🏠Register for this giveaway here:
The post is a Facebook like-farming scam which is attempting to lure Facebook users into following a like-farming page as well as leading them to spammy marketing webpages designed to harvest a visitor’s personal information where they will be targeted for more spam. The prize on offer by this Facebook page doesn’t exist.
Fake Facebook competitions are often used as a ploy by like-farming scams who use such fake competitions to trick Facebook users into following spammy Facebook pages. Often – as is the case here – these Facebook pages will also provide links to spammy marketing webpages that assert visitors need to “confirm” their entry by engaging with various online “offers” that are (in reality) marketing websites that are designed purely to harvest as much information from a visitor as possible.
This information is then used to bombard that visitor with various unsolicited communication (by email, text and phone) and those details are often shared with other marketing companies.
Facebook users often complete these offers to enter a competition that in reality does not exist. These Facebook posts (above) are just a ploy to lead victims to spammy marketing websites.
It is also possible that those who do engage with these Facebook posts may be targeted on Facebook by other serious scams. For example, those who like and share the post may be messaged by the admins of the page and told they have won in a scam designed to trick the user into paying for shipping or handling fees for their prize.
Remember, don’t share and like Facebook posts that claim that is all you need to do to win an expensive prize. Avoid competitions where you don’t know the people behind the competition and NEVER be lured into filling out unrelated surveys or questionnaires in order to enter a competition. For more information on fake Facebook competitions, click here.