Fake Giveaways

So there you are, leisurely scrolling through Facebook, when suddenly you see someone who shared a post for an amazing Disney vacation prize.  You think, “Wow, I would love to win that!! Maybe I should enter.”

WAIT!!  Stop right there.  What many people don’t realize is that this could very well be a scam.  Don’t fall victim to it!  Here are a few things you can look for to see if it’s a fake:

Example:

 

Fake Pages

  • Strange Punctuation.  A lot of times, fake pages will have a period at the end of their name or dashes in a weird spot.  Legitimate pages don’t do that.
  • The pictures don’t match up!!  In the example I gave, the cover photo is of Disneyland.  If it was an official page about Epcot, I’m sure the pictures used would reflect that.  This may slip by some people if they are not familiar with the parks, but something to keep in mind.
  • They don’t have any posting history.  If it’s an official page, there will be more than a giveaway as its only content.
  • You notice poor grammar.  I know…no one likes the grammar police.  However, if you notice something doesn’t read correctly, be wary.

The bottom line here is the old adage that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Before you go ahead and like/share/comment on a giveaway, take a minute to question whether it seems legitimate or not.  If in doubt, don’t.  Don’t let these scammers get you on their radar!  If you come across someone that has shared a fake contest, kindly let them know so they can delete it.  Also report the page to help get this nonsense off Facebook!

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