Playstation 4 Giveaway: How The Scam Works
Although Sony came up with the new Playstation 5, the PS4 version is still generating a lot of scams. The latest scheme is the Playstation 4 Giveaway. Let’s take a look.
You log on to Facebook and see something liked by your friend: PlayStation 4 is giving away 200 games for free because they were unsealed, and now the packages can’t be sold anymore. All you have to do is like the page, share the post, and comment “done” to be put in a random drawing to win one. Seems like a pretty sweet deal, right? Even if you don’t want a PS4 for yourself, you’re bound to have family or friends who do. So what’s the downside?
Well, for one, it’s a fake. There is no PS4. This scam is designed to accumulate page likes, and scams like this often accumulate hundreds of thousands of likes in a day or so. These pages gain wide influence rapidly and then are used for more harmful purposes than just a fake drawing: some will use these pages to spread other scams, like email spamming scams or something as vicious as identity theft scams. Victims are also taken to survey pages, where fraudsters collect tons of personal information and promote their affiliate products. Others will sell the page on the black market to other scammers.
Alternatively, the scammers might also contact you and ask for shipping money or an advance payment under the guise that you’ve won the contest.
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Free PS4: How To Avoid
If you find a post claiming to be giving away a PS4 or other expensive device for free, don’t share/like/comment on it. It will almost always be a scam.
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