Beware of Fake Camaro Giveaways on Facebook

A trend on Facebook is the creation of pages which claim to be giving away large prizes, such as a Chevrolet Camaro. Unfortunately, however, these pages and giveaways are usually fake. Today we’ll take a closer look at bogus Camaro giveaway pages on Facebook.

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Below is a screen shot of one of these phony Camaro giveaways:

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After monitoring several of these phony giveaway pages, we have noted that they generally share the following characteristics:

  • The page was only created about 24 to 72 hours ago
  • Only one or two posts
  • After several thousand likes, the page disappears
  • No winners are ever announced
  • The pages do not identify themselves in any way

Below is a post by a phony Camaro giveaway page seen on October 22, 2013:

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The wording of the post above reads:

For the first time ever in facebook history we are giving away a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro to one winner that we will select on October 25th completely at random.

Would you like to join this amazing giveaway for a chance to own a brand new Camaro ? Simply follow the following steps to enter the competition :

1) Step 1 – Like our Fanpage

2) Step 2 – Share this photo

3) Step 3 – Comment below your desired color: blue,yellow or red

Good Luck everyone!

Edited Posts

After checking back to view the above post, we noticed it had been edited 8 times, with the giveaway date changing several times.

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Violation of Facebook Terms

While many legitimate companies offer promotions via Facebook, the fake Camaro giveaways violate section E of Facebook’s Page Guidelines, which state a page must post official rules, terms and eligibility, and acknowledgement that it is not associated with Facebook. Requiring users to share a photo or status is also a violation of these guidelines.

Why do it?

The biggest question is why someone would bother running a fake promotion, especially if they aren’t linking to a website of any kind. From our research, we have found that the most likely reason such fake promotions are created is to simply build up a Facebook page with massive amounts of likes. These pages are then sold, renamed, and all traces of their fake promotions are deleted. This activity is sometimes referred to as “like farming.”

What you can do

If you see one of these fake Camaro promotions on Facebook, you can report the page or the post as spam/scam. You can also drop a link to this article in the comments.

2014 Variant

Below is a screenshot of a fake Camaro giveaway on Facebook spotted in January 2014. For the cover photo, they took the graphic for a contest called “Hot Wheels For Real.” That contest could be found mentioned in the New York Times, but was not associated with the fake Camaro giveaway page.

This is a graphic "borrowed" from an older giveaway.

This is a graphic “borrowed” from an older giveaway.

Also in 2014 we saw similar fake BMW giveaways on the rise. See our full discussion of those fake giveaways here. In August 2014 we noticed another surge in fake Camaro giveaways on Facebook.

Bottom Line

Fake Camaro giveaways are increasing on Facebook. Liking or sharing these pages and posts will only create more spam and phony giveaways.

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  • L. Barth

    I had the Camaro give away cross my time line . Marked it as fake & linked to your article.

  • Danny N Charlotte Garza

    This scammer is having fun, “2013 Chevolet Camaro” facebook page was created October 24, 2013! They have “Edited” the giveaway post 23 times changing giveaway dates! I have unlike the facebook page but can not unlike the 2 post!? My message to page was delected & now can no longer leave a message!

  • waffles

    You can still request a change, especially if certain conditions apply, such as a location or invalid character. For this reason, you often see invalid characters (such as a period) in the name, so they can go back and request a name change. And you can also wait to set your Facebook web address.

  • Della Chilson

    I just received one of these I did the batch number and then got an e- mail telling me how much money to send them for delivery of the car. I have all the e-mails they sent me and they text me about 30 times since saturday.

  • karri

    Ha, I just got the private message on FB but the guys name is Scott Narveaz. And surprise surprise all the numbers are the same as above.

  • karri

    My concern before sending them the info that they wanted was if they could do something with it. Funny though, once I told them I was waiting for the part that says I need to wire them money to get my car, I didn’t hear anything more from them.

  • Kevin

    I almost got scammed they said I won a 2014 camaro. His name is charles Taylor.

  • Riaan Pretorius

    Got the same from a man called Kevin Wayne