Attention, Facebook users: If you really want to own a Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, you’ll have to buy one from a dealer, like everyone else. Facebook pages claiming that they are giving away the automobiles to users who enter contests by liking the pages, liking and sharing promotional posts, and choosing the colors of their cars in comments are scams, according to Hoax-Slayer.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, as Hoax-Slayer reported that the supposed automobile giveaway is merely a like-farming scam, designed to boost the number of likes on the page so that it can be used for further scams or sold on the black market to other scammers.
The fraudulent posts read (unedited):
We are giving 6 Mercedes Benz CLA 45 AMG On July 30, 2014
Lucky Winners Will Be Announced On July 29, 2014
Step 1) Like this Page
Step 2) Like this Post
Step 3) Comment which color you want. (White OR Red)
Step 4) Share on your wall
Winners will be Chosen & Announced On July 29, on this page.
Good Luck ,
However, the claims on the page are lies. No Mercedes-Benz cars are being given away. No matter how much liking, sharing, or commenting you do, you will not win a Mercedes or anything else.
Facebook pages with high like-numbers are a valuable commodity to scammers and unscrupulous online marketers.
Such pages can later be used to launch further scam campaigns, this time to a much wider audience. Often, after an initial like-farming campaign, a second fake promotion is launched that is designed to trick people into participating in survey scams.
The scammers may also use the bogus pages to perpetrate advance fee scams.
Alternatively, the like-heavy pages can be sold via a lucrative black market to other scammers who will repurpose them to further their own goals.
Such like-farming pages are very common on Facebook. A series of such scam pages has falsely claimed that users could win other brands of luxury cars, as well as expensive prizes such as holidays, cash payouts or tech products.
Treat as suspect any page that claims that you can win an expensive prize just by liking, sharing and commenting.
Readers: Have you seen any of these Mercedes-Benz scam posts in your News Feeds?
Screenshot courtesy of Hoax-Slayer.