Facebook Scam: Play Station 4 Giveaway

Scammers claim they're giving away 200 consoles that can't be sold

By on November 11th, 2013 09:57 GMT

In case you’d like to have a PlayStation 4 console, you should be on the lookout for Facebook scams that promise such devices.

Hoax Slayer has come across a bogus “Play Station 4” page on Facebook that claims to be giving away 200 devices that can’t be sold because they’ve been unsealed.

“We have got 200 pieces of Play Station 4 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 and we will choose 200 people completely at random on December 1st! as your Christmas gift!,” the scam post reads.

To make unsuspecting users act quickly and without giving it too much thought, the scammers claim 40 PlayStation 4s have already been given away. In addition, a picture showing a large number of consoles is displayed to make everything more legitimate-looking.

In reality, the image has been originally posted by Amazon on Twitter.

Of course, no one gets to win the promised prize, no matter how many pages they like or how many pictures they share. On the other hand, the crooks that run this scheme can make some money by selling the page on the underground market once it harvests a large enough number of likes. They can also repurpose it for other scams.

If you come across such scams on Facebook, report them. If you’re already a victim, remove the spam posts from your timeline.

Over the past weeks, we’ve seen a large number of such scams on Facebook. Every few days or so, cybercrooks come up with a bogus competition. The scam remains mostly the same, but the name of the promised item is changed.

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