Fake Camaro Giveaways on Facebook

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

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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 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 legit companies offer promotions via Facebook, these 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 even 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.

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.

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

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

Also in 2014, a similar fake BMW giveaway has also been on the rise. See our full discussion of those fake giveaways here.

Bottom Line

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

If you see one of these fake Camaro giveaways, drop us a link in the comments below.

Last updated February 27, 2014

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22 Comments on Fake Camaro Giveaways on Facebook

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

  2. Danny N Charlotte Garza // November 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm // Reply

    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!

  3. A friend posted this on her timeline. I fell for it and then found this article and posted it on the scammers timeline.

  4. The “2014″ version of the Camaro Giveaway is apparently making the rounds now: https://www.facebook.com/pages/2014-Chevrolet-Camaro/192496264276490

  5. miranda shelton // January 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm // Reply

    How can the fb pages be renamed? I thought after so many likes say 100 you can not rename the fb page name…? I also noticed the fake camaro fb page several months ago and noticed them changing dates and everything about their page seemed to be odd. Ran into another new camaro giveaway today! https://www.facebook.com/pages/2014-Chevrolet-Camaro/689457751085344

    • 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.

  6. 2014 fake camaro giveaway

  7. Mikkel Korning // January 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm // Reply

    Got this from facebook

    Bill WentWorth

    I contacted you because I have good news for you from the Facebook 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Promo.

    .

    I am pleased to inform you of the 1ST Batch result of the just concluded annual final draws held by Facebook 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Promo to encourage the usage of Facebook worldwide, Your Name and Email has who won the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro on the Facebook Group Promotion.

    .

    22:06

    Mikkel Korning Pedersen

    well thats a surprise indeed…

    .

    22:08

    Bill WentWorth

    The 1st Batch online draws was conducted by a random selection of emails you were picked by an advanced automated random computer search from Facebook in other to claim your 2014 Chevrolet Camaro,the lottery program which is a new innovation by Facebook, is aimed at saying a Big Thank you to all our Users for making Facebook their number one means to Connect, Communicate, relate and hook up with their families and friends over the years.

    .

    22:10

    Mikkel Korning Pedersen

    ok…so basicly your saying, i’m one lucky guy now

    .

    22:11

    Bill WentWorth

    Yes Sir

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    CONGRATULATION! CONGRATULATION! CONGRATULATION!

    .

    22:14

    Mikkel Korning Pedersen

    So how do i claim this reward then?

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    22:14

    Bill WentWorth

    Firstly, your Award is attached to Lucky Car Number (FB-225-7736), Ticket Car Number (FB-172-60), Batch Car Number (FB-0281/544)

  8. Mikkel Korning // January 30, 2014 at 2:14 pm // Reply

    You will be required to contact Mrs.Devona Williams Head for the Disbursement Department for the Claims of your 2014 Chevrolet Camaro.

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    22:18

    Mikkel Korning Pedersen

    and how do i do that?

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    22:22

    Bill WentWorth

    Send an E-mail to Mrs Devona Williams.through this E-mail Address now ([email protected])FULL NAME:________________
    CONTACT ADDRESS:__________
    MOBILE NUMBER:____________
    OCCUPATION:_______________
    MARITAL STATUS:___________
    SEX:______________
    AGE:_________________
    COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE:__________
    NATIONALITY:___________________
    YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS:____________
    LUCKY CAR NUMBER:__________________
    TICKET CAR NUMBER:_________________
    BATCH CAR NUMBER :_________________
    SERIAL CAR NUMBER:_________________

    • Della Chilson // February 12, 2014 at 6:49 pm // Reply

      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.

  9. For the first time ever in facebook history we are giving away a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro to one winner that we will select on February 8 completely at random.

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

    1. Share & Like this photo
    2. Comment below your desired color: blue,yellow or red
    3. Click the following link –> https://apps.facebook.com/checamar/

    The winner will be messaged via inbox message

    Good Luck

  10. https://www.facebook.com/pages/2014-Chevrolet-Camaro/633410130057914

    This one just showed up in my feed. Glad I checked first. Thanks.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. THIS PAGE IS MADE BY THE SAME PEOPLE MAKING THE FAKE CAR GIVE AWAY!
    HERE THEY GET YOUR NAME AND EMAIL TO SELL!

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

  15. Riaan Pretorius // April 6, 2014 at 11:09 pm // Reply

    Got the same from a man called Kevin Wayne

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