Screenshots from the fake tiny home giveaway page on Facebook that saw thousands of Aussies sign up.
Almost 120,000 Aussies have fallen for a Facebook scam giving away a tiny home, with more continuing to sign up despite warnings.
Within days of the fake giveaway page being created on Facebook, the scammers successfully managed to get 119,000 people to share their scheme on the promise of being able to “drive away with a gorgeous home all your own”.
Users were instructed to “Like, Share, Comment “Done”, Click on the Sign-Up button” to register for the giveaway”, with all four steps to be undertaken to be eligible.
The post had over 90,000 comments, all likes, loves and wows, with many signing up on the off chance it wasn’t too good to be true.
Screenshots from the fake tiny home giveaway page which did not respond to queries.
Our deepdive into the information posted found the images were actually owned by an American company — the Mint Tiny House Company. The firm has tried unsuccessfully to get Facebook to take down an American version of the “giveaway” too.
“Facebook still haven’t removed the first one after it was reported over 2 weeks ago!”
The firm has tried to warn people about the scam: “Hey Guys! We just wanted to give you a quick heads up about a scam page that has taken our photos and are using them for a “free” giveaway of a tiny house. This is not us, nor any of our tiny homes for giveaway. They have been going by the name of Tiny Homes Australia and Tiny Houses NZ. We really hope no one has given them any personal or financial information.”
Screenshots of pictures used on the page which were taken from an American building company.
The Australian version of the scam was created on November 28 when just two posts were made, one changing the profile picture to a shot of a stunningly renovated tiny home and the other posting 20 pictures with instructions for those who wanted to “enter” the tiny home giveaway.
By Sunday afternoon, just hours before giveaway was to end, word seemed to be filtering through, with the number of people liking the page dropping to 62,964 and those following the page falling to 63,588.
One user comment on the giveaway page asked: “why does it take me to an Amazon gift card competition?”
Despite warnings, some users continued to sign up yesterday.
Another who followed the instructions defended her actions saying: “Oh well, didn’t cost me any more than 2 seconds of life. Laugh if it was real though and I won lol. Tomorrow will tell Haha.”
Tiny Homes Australia, a building firm, has issued a warning telling Aussies to “please be aware of scam Tiny Home giveaways that are happening at the moment. We are not running any giveaway promotions, they are scam accounts with no history that are running them. Do not click on them, just report them to Facebook when you see them.” The post has not anywhere near as far as the fake one though, with just 465 shares.
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