Facebook is a stomping ground for hoaxes and the social networks newest attack involves its popular “Like” button feature. According to the hoax, users receive a free electronics item in exchange for simply hitting the “Like” button.
If users step back and think about it for a moment, earning an expensive prize for Liking a page is insane. Yet Facebook users continue to click on the Likes in the hopes of landing a pair of high-end headphones from Beats Electronics.
The promotion claims that the Beats Headphones can’t be resold because they had been unsealed and therefore were cheap to obtain and give away.
Here is the full Facebook hoax message:
We have got 1,239 boxes of Dre Beats and 250 Monster Beats By Dr Dre Studio Limited Edition that can’t be sold because they have been unsealed. Therefore we are giving them away for free.
Want a pair? Just Share this photo & Like our page and we will choose 1,239 people completely at random on March 15th.
The hoax is only made slightly believable because it claims a lottery will be used to choose “Like” users.
That is not the only electronics hoax giveaway. The hoax also targets Apple tablets on what looks like an official Apple page on Facebook. In the Apple hoax the offer reads:
We have got 82 boxes of iPad Mini’s [sic] that can’t be sold because they have been unsealed. Therefore we are giving them away for free.
Just Share this photo & Like our page and we will choose 82 people completely at random on March 17th.
The Apple page has managed to rack up 47,000 “Likes” for its promise of refurbished hardware.
After racking up thousands of fans the pages are sold, renamed and used by other company’s that may be unaware of the false ad scam.
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