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SCAM ALERT: Wholesale Warehouse Facebook giveaways

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A Facebook page named Wholesale Warehouse claims to be giving away a variety of prizes (iPads, pallets of toys) to Facebook users who like their page, share their content, and tag people.

alertSCAM ALERT!

THIS IS A LIKE-FARMING FACEBOOK SCAM DESIGNED TO EXTORT PAYMENT
YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A REWARD FOR SHARING AND LIKING FACEBOOK PAGES OR POSTS

Description

One of the latest like-farming Facebook scams syndicated by Facebook posts and shares claims that a Facebook page named Wholesale Warehouse is giving away free prizes to users who follow instructions in their posts.

wholesale warehouse facebook page

Some of the prizes include iPads, washing powder, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, pallets of toys, and more.

pallet of kids toys

The page can be easily debunked because the images they used are stolen from legitimate resources. For example, they use an image of a “pallet of kids toys” to promote a like-farming scam. The image was taken from http://www.gemwholesale.co.uk/acatalog/Toys-Customer-Returns.html. Their Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/GemWsale

pallet of kids toys real

Wholesale Warehouse is not giving away free prizes to Facebook users who follow the instructions they post on the social network. This is a common like-farming scam that can be linked to advanced-fee fraud. The scam is designed to trick Facebook users into liking the page and sharing the post in order to dupe more Facebook users and acquire targets who believe the post. The fraudulent posts also help the Facebook page promote their own website and purchases that may not be legitimate. They page promotes a VIP service that they claim will help you win prizes.

Do not purchase anything from this Facebook page or any website this page promotes.

Examples

wholesale warehouse ipad giveaway

6x IPads To Giveaway!
To Celebrate Our 10,000 Followers On Facebook.
To Enter
1) Like Our Page
2) Share
3) Tag A Friend
Check our Page To See Genuine Winners, We Work Very Hard To Get You The Best Giveaways.

Join Our VIP Program Today
Message Us For More Details !

pallet of kids toys

Wholesale WarehouseLike Page
October 13 at 8:16am ·
PALLET OF KIDS TOYS 💝🎄
GIVEAWAY! #christmasrange

To Win one of these before Christmas
1) Like our page, Wholesale Warehouse
2) Share,
3) Tag 3 People

As always the Winners we expect to send a picture in to us when you receive the giveaway so we can post on our website, & Prove to other people we are 100% Genuine.🔥

Good Luck & Thank You!

Why are like-farming scams dangerous?

The like-farming scam is dangerous because it can be used to extort money from victims who believe the fraudulent posts. In some cases, the scammer will contact Facebook users and claim that they wont the prize; However, they did not actually win anything. The scammer will then claim that an advanced payment for shipping (or other) is needed in order to obtain the prize.

Scammers can also obtain information from a targets Facebook page, including information about their friends, where they work, where they live, and more. The information can be used for many reasons such as marketing and future scams.

The information collected by scammers is often sold and shared with numerous parties. Victims may get calls from scam artists, robocallers, fake pharmacies, and more. They may also receive unsolicited mail at home and unwanted email messages.

What to do if you fell for a scam

If you fell for a Facebook scam like this it is recommended to immediately locate and remove rogue Facebook apps, change your password, and log your account out of other locations. You should also scan your computer with Antivirus or Antimalware software such as Malwarebytes to eradicate malware and other malicious trace files and website data from your computer.

If your account shared content without your permission make sure to remove the content from your Facebook account in order to stop the scam from spreading to your friends, family, and other people.

To ensure the safety of your bank or credit details it is suggested to contact your bank or credit card company to receive more instructions.

  • If you liked a page or post, unlike it.
  • If you shared dubious content, delete it.

How to uninstall rogue Facebook apps

  1. Sign into your Facebook account and go to Settings > Apps.
  2. Hover your mouse over the rogue Facebook app and click the X to remove it. If you cannot find a rogue Facebook app it is likely that a rogue Facebook app was not installed. Scan your computer for malware with Malwarebytes to ensure no malware has infiltrated your computer system.

How to change your Facebook password

  1. Sign into your Facebook account and go to Settings > Security and Login.
  2. This page will tell you where your account is logged in. To change your password select Change password, type your current password, and type your new password twice.
  3. Click Save Changes.

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