As you probably know by now, scammers just love targeting folks on Facebook. After all, where else can they easily target well over a billion users worldwide, for free?
The latest Facebook scam to make the rounds is just a variation of the timeless “Like, Share & Win” scams that have been around almost as long as Facebook itself.
It’s called the “Win A Free Car” scam, and while there are several varieties of the scam currently running, they all work something like this…
The scammer posts a slick, professional-looking photo of an expensive car, truck or SUV along with a “pitch” that says the manufacturer is giving away one or more of the vehicles to one or more lucky Facebook users.
In order to “enter the contest”, all you have to do is Like, Share and/or Comment on the post.
Well, as with virtually all of these Facebook giveaway “contests”, these free vehicles are nothing more than digital mirages. There will be no winners because the “contest” is a fraud.
These posts are actually nothing more than attempts to attract Likes, Shares and Comments to a scammer’s Facebook page. After the page has attracted several thousand interactions, it will typically either be sold to another scammer who will use it to make money off the page’s “Likers” or used by the original scammer to do the same.
Bottom line: Don’t help these scammers achieve their despicable goals. Simply ignore the scam posts altogether, or even better, report them to Facebook and hope they take action to shut the scam page down.
Note: There are indeed legitimate “Win A Free Car” contests on Facebook at various times, but none that I have ever seen require you to Like, Share and/or Comment on a post in order to enter the contest.
The legitimate automobile giveaways typically ask you to come to a dealership to enter in person. That way they have a chance to sell you a new car on the spot, but whether you buy or not, the contest will be legit.
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