Free PS5: How The PlayStation Giveaway Scam Works
Wouldn’t be nice to get a free PS5 now, when Sony has released the new game? It sure would, but beware of the new PlayStation Giveaway Scam. How does that work?
Well, it looks very similar to the one that occurred throughout the early days of the previous version, PlayStation 4. However, there are many variations of the trick, so feel free to share your experience in the comments section. Let’s take a look.
You log on to Facebook and notice a post that one of your friends likes. The good news? There is a free PS5 campaign from Sony, who is giving away 200 games because they are unsealed and packages can’t be sold anymore.
Here is a screenshot:
How do you get in? The requirements are simple. You have to like the page, share the post, and comment on it. Once all of this is done, your name will be put in a random draw to win one of the 200 Playstation 5 giveaways. The fake organizers of the draw justify this campaign as a good promotional value for the product.
It seems like a pretty good deal. Even if you don’t want a PS5 for yourself, you certainly know family members or friends who do (by the way, be careful of Black Friday scams on the same topic). So what’s the problem?
Hot Product, Hot Scam
The Playstation 5 Giveaway it’s a fake. There is no free PS5. This hoax was created in order to gather, well, page likes. Scams like this often accumulate hundreds of thousands of likes in a day, especially when new products are released.
These pages gain wide influence rapidly. They are typically used for more purposes than just a bogus draw. Some cyber crooks use these pages to spread other fraudulent activities, like email scams, phishing scams, or something as vicious as identity theft.
Victims are also invited to access questionable survey pages. Here is where criminals collect personal information and promote their affiliate products, for which they get paid. Others will sell the page on the black market to other scammers.
Alternatively, the scammers might contact you and ask for shipping money or an advance payment under the guise that you’ve won the contest. Similar cases are the Subway Giveaway Scam, Chick-fil-a Promo Scam, Southwest Airlines Giveaway, or the Cadbury Hamper Scam.
PS5 Giveaway: How To Avoid
If you find a post promoting a PS5 giveaway or another expensive device for free, don’t share, like, or comment on it. It will almost always be a scam.
PS5 Online Free: How To Report a Scammer
Let your friends know about the PS5 Online Free Scam by sharing this article here, on social media. You can officially report crooks and any other suspicious activities do it to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) using the link below:
How To Protect Yourself More
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