A viral Facebook post claims that if you share a page by Feb. 28, you can win a BMW X6, but that’s a hoax.
“Hello Facebook! My name is Kevin M.James. I am the manager of BMW Marketing Group and I own 12 BMW’s.This is one of them, a brand new X6. Guess what? I will donate this x6 to one of you,” it reads.
“All you need to do is to like my fanpage and share this post with your friends.
The winner will be selected randomly (28, February 2014) and he/she will receive the car within 7 business days. Note: Don’t forget to ‘LIKE’ and ‘SHARE’ otherwise you can’t be selected. Good luck!” it continues.
However, the image used in the post was stolen from another website and is actually Peter Kronschnabl, president of BMW India, at an event in 2009.
The Facebook page simply tries to get people to “like” it via unscrupulous means. When it gets enough “likes,” the page will then be sold to use for other scams.
“The message and the associated Page are fraudulent and the claims in the message are lies. The Page is certainly not giving away a BMW X6,” Hoax-Slayer says on its website, adding: “Pages that have accumulated high numbers of likes can subsequently be sold on the black market to other scammers or reused to engage in further scams and ongoing spam campaigns.”
Other scams that are going around include one claiming there’s video footage of Justin Bieber running over a 7-year-old boy, one about the “world’s largest snake,” and others that promise footage of shark or bear attacks. They’re all fake.