There are many Facebook posts out there, promising you a chance to win big prizes if you like, comment and share. But how do you spot a Facebook scam competition and what happens to the pages afterwards?
Believe it or not, I have only been an active Facebook member for a little over a year. Ironically, I had signed up several years beforehand, for the sole purpose of entering a competition. However, that was genuine and I won a £50 free bet from Betfair.
I have noticed more and more of my friends liking and sharing posts for competitions with some amazing prizes.
What kind of prizes?
The prizes can be anything, but usually, something of very high value. After all, even if you don’t want it, you could always sell it. BMW cars, RV vans (or motor homes) and all expenses paid trips to Disney are very popular.
Another similar scam offered people the chance to appear in their favourite shows.
There is usually a very short time limit attached to the competition. Normally, the draw will take place in the next few days. The sooner the competition closes, the more likely you are to enter.
You’ll notice that when many genuine companies offer prizes, the draw won’t take place for a month or two.
How can I tell if it is genuine?
Take a look at their Facebook page. They will often have a company name, but little else. Are all their posts about this competition with the odd photo? Why would a company offer up (sometimes) £1m worth of prizes when there is nothing written about their company?
Do you even know where this company is based? A company will not ship cars off all over the world, as this would cost them a fortune.
Also, take a look at the spelling and grammar. If it’s poorly written, then it’s likely not to have been created by a professional.
Why do they do it?
AT best, the page will be looking to get as many likes as they can. These pages will often gain over 100,000 followers and once this is done, they will be sold on. The seller won’t make huge amounts of money, but usually between £50-£100.
A person or company will then change the Facebook page they bought to their own design. And they will have a ready-made audience of over 100,000. Not only will they have posts appearing on lots of timelines, but they will also make their company look like it has been established for longer and is very popular.
However, some pages will be after some more personal details. I have seen some of these pages asking for your email address so they can send you their terms and conditions.
If you don’t believe me, the next time a competition offering massive prizes appears in your timeline, save the page and pay it a visit in a few weeks time. And don’t forget