With just a few weeks before Christmas, raffle promos have been popping here and there. However, not all of these programs are legit, especially those promising online promos from hoax Facebook pages.
Back in April 2017, similar fake online raffle promos have circulated on social media, supposedly giving away free Toyota Hiace Super Grandia, or Honda Civic RS Turbo, or other car models and motorcycles. And what do you have to do to earn a raffle promo? You simply need to like and share their posts and their pages. Sound easy enough, yeah? Nothing to lose? Well, not at all.
During the height of these vehicle raffle scams, TopGear Philippines warned us not to like and share these posts as they are part of a larger picture – PHISHING.
So what is phising? Phishing is essentially getting one’s sensitive information – such as usernames, passwords, credit card details and the likes – which in turn would be used in a sophisticated hacking maneuver.
But none of the raffle promos were asking for those information, you ask? Well, it doesn’t stop with financial information, like credit card or bank related details. Believe it or not, personal information can also be used to hack online accounts. BEWARE!
For example, if I forget my online bank account password, one of the options to retrieve my password would be to answer a secret question –
my favorite pet,
the first street I grew up on,
my mother’s maiden name,
name of my first girlfriend,
my favorite sport, etc.
If you notice, these are rather personal information which do not directly reveal any of my bank records. BUT these info can be used to unlock my online bank account and, in the wrong hands, my savings can be withdrawn without my knowledge.
Recently, a raffle promo from a bogus PCSO page has caught my attention, supposedly giving away a free car and free house and lot to lucky winners.
The page has over 130,000 likers at the time of writing, with their fake raffle promos having been shared over 18,000 times.
The mechanics are simple (copied from their Facebook page):
So let’s analyze each step and what’s in it for them.
Step 1: Like their page. Well, this is quite obvious, they need more likers on their page. More page likers, more victims.
Step 2: Register to Coinut. What does this have to do with the raffle promo? Also, upon checking their page, they have separate posts looking for homebased data encoders that also REQUIRES registering to this dubious Coinut page.
Upon further research, Coinut has a referral program wherein users get paid a certain amount for every new registration. SO IT MEANS THAT THOSE PEOPLE JOINING THE RAFFLE ARE ACTUALLY GIVING MONEY TO THESE SCAMMERS FOR REGISTERING TO THAT COINUT PAGE.
Step 3: Comment “WON.” The very purpose of this is to gain interaction in their posts to keep the page alive, thus making them more visible in our Facebook feeds.
Step 4: Share the post. To reach even more audience, for more victims.
And finally, we need to take note that we need to register to that coinut page, for their REFERRAL FEE.
*There are other schemes out there involving fake raffle promos, better be careful and vigilant about it.
HOW TO SPOT FAKE RAFFLE PROMOS
#1. Look for a DTI promo code or equivalent. Every product promo and raffle promo requires a DTI promo code. No promo code means fake. (Check out the DTI-FTEB SPD Permit No from an ABS-CBN Promo below.)
#2: Check if the page is legit. For example, this fake PCSO page does not have a single post about a lotto result. Also, why would a PCSO page post a job vacancy for home-based data encoder?
Another thing, when in doubt, you can run a quick search on Facebook and look for the the “blue check mark” on the page. This does not necessarily guarantee page authenticity but it means Facebook has gone through their investigation to authenticate the page.
#3: If you see any grammatical issues on their posts, chances are they’re fake.
#4: Look for a phone number of business address on their Facebook pages. If you see none, chances are they’re fake.
#5: Send them a message, if you don’t a reply, chances are they’re fake.
So still think, you got nothing to lose? That it wouldn’t hurt if you join these fake raffle promos? Think again. They all have their reasons (a.k.a evil schemes) why they created these fake promos to begin with and all of these are rooting from selfish motives. DO NOT JOIN THESE FAKE RAFFLE PROMOS AGAIN!