Facebook 'You are a winner' scams 🤬

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I know this has been covered before - but I'm just so cross! Partly with myself for nearly falling for it, partly with the scrotes who raised my expectations and nearly caught me off guard! 
I don't enter many FB competitions, partly because I don't want to inflict my hobby on my FB chums, partly because I've heard so many stories like this. But my son needs a new bed, or mattress at least, so I did enter the Hypnos 120 anniversary competition. "Imagine my delight" to get a very cheery, personalised reply on Facebook, so pleased to inform me I'd won - just click on the link ⛳️ and follow the instructions to claim my prize. But "be quick, you only have one hour to respond or we will pick another winner".   ⛳️. I clicked 🥴 and arrived at a website which was EXACTLY the same as the genuine Hypnos site, except for the address, ⛳️ and a kind of transparent overlay, which contained the instructions to claim. A bizarre explanation of why my credit card was required ⛳️ " but don't worry, just select 'free trial' and nothing will be charged ⛳️
Of course I didn't proceed any further, but it was so much more sophisticated than other Facebook scams, I thought I'd flag it up. Again. (And I REALLY wanted to win that bed 😢)
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  • marcia_
    marcia_ Posts: 1,495
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     Glad you spotted it was a scam and didn't go any further with it 
  • mjm3346
    mjm3346 Posts: 46,853
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    Sorry, but it is a regular thing on FB if you have to post/like etc on a publicly visible post and there is no excuse for a company running a competition not knowing that.
  • Brie
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    I don't know how they do it.  I've been waiting to book my MOT at Herfords and low and behold there was an email today saying "here's your invoice" but I haven't booked anything yet.  Obviously they are looking either at me or at the company to find out who might be an easy touch.  Buzzards!!!
    "Never retract, never explain, never apologise; get things done and let them howl.”
  • marcia_
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    edited 4 February at 4:45AM
    Brie said:
    I don't know how they do it.  I've been waiting to book my MOT at Herfords and low and behold there was an email today saying "here's your invoice" but I haven't booked anything yet.  Obviously they are looking either at me or at the company to find out who might be an easy touch.  Buzzards!!!
     Yes I find it spooky getting fake emails claiming to be from companies I am currently dealing with. It's like the company was hacked for their customer list.

     I'm waiting in for royal mail and received 2 iMessage claiming to be from Royal Mail asking me to update my address. One coming from an American phone number the other from an email address. Both reported as junk 
  • These messages are all pretty much the same, I don't even look at them, lets face it if you win you will get a direct message.
  • Blulu
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    Don't feel bad about not spotting it immediately. They keep changing tactics, to make it look genuine. And you did suss it in time, so that means you done good 😁

    Worst thing is that if you report them to FB, they rule in the scammers favour 🤬🤬🤬

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  • Complove1
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    Thank you for sharing this. These scammers are getting more sophisticated so you never know. But it is good you immediately noticed it was a scam. 
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