Scammers are trying to trick Facebook users into liking and sharing their pages by promising them the chance to win a 2013 Ford Mustang.
The message posted on fake 2013 Ford Mustang Facebook pages reads something like this:
“For the first time in FaceBook history we are giving away a 2013 Ford Mustang to one lucky winner that we will select on October 21st completely at random. Would you like to join this amazing giveaway for a chance to own a brand new Mustang? Simply follow the following steps to enter the competition.”
Potential victims are told to like the so-called fan page, share the photo and post a comment in which they mention what color they want the car to be – black or white.
As Hoax Slayer highlights, the contest is bogus. No one will ever win the Ford Mustang. The scammers on the other hand might trick a large number of people into raising the value of their bogus page by sharing and liking it.
Once they harvest a large number of likes, the crooks can repurpose the page or sell it on the underground market.
The legitimate Ford Mustang Facebook page is liked by close to 5.5 million people, which means that the potential victim base for this scam is huge.
Currently, there are several 2013 Ford Mustang Facebook pages promoting the bogus contest. Some of them have already harvested over 5,000 and even over 10,000 likes.
Furthermore, not only English-speaking users are targeted. We’ve spotted one page that’s designed to trick Dutch-speaking Facebook members.
We have reported several of the scam pages to Facebook and hopefully the social media site will shut them down. In the meantime, beware of such phony contests. Remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.