‘Ellen DeGagares’ isn’t giving away prizes on Facebook

Is Ellen DeGagares giving away free prizes such as gift cards, cash, cars, and homes on Facebook? The answer is no. If you like, share, and comment on a Facebook post that says otherwise you won’t win anything and are putting yourself in harms way.

Ellen DeGagares

Like-farming scams and advance fee fraud are common concerns on Facebook these days. Every day new scams are manufactured in order to obtain likes and trick Facebook users into believing they can win something (or can obtain something) that they really can’t. Scammers will generally attempt to deceive Facebook users into thinking they won something such as cash, cars, electronics, tickets to theme parks, coupons, and cars so that they can send the victims a message and ask them for an advanced payment or direct them to a website to gather their personal information. The scammer might claim the advanced payment is for shipping or another reason. Once the payment is paid by the victim the scammer simply moves on to the next target. This type of operation is called advanced fee fraud and it happens all the time on Facebook.

There are many fake Ellen DeGeneres Facebook accounts and pages. The fake accounts and pages are used to conduct scams. One of the most recent scams claims that Ellen ‘DeGagares’ (not DeGeneres) is giving away prizes to Facebook users who like a post, share the post, and comment “money and car” on their post. However, this is not true. In reality, you won’t win anything if you do anything the post says.

Here’s an example of what a post might look like:

Warning All !!! this is not fraud
starting today,..
I will choose people randomly on Facebook everyone who * shares * will receive gift cards, cash, and big winners can win cars & homes “Share now” don’t miss !!! We watch
Until the weekend !!! I will choose 500 lucky people. $ 500,000 each only follows instructions. …
Step 1-like
Step 2 – Share ” Car ”
Step 3-comment “money and car”

This is an obvious scam that was posted by a fake Ellen DeGeneres Facebook page; It even spells her last name wrong. You can find the real and verified Ellen DeGagares’ Facebook page here.

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Once a Facebook user shares the fraudulent post, likes the post, and comments on the post they become a target. The scammers will then contact them and tell them that they won a prize and in order to receive the prize they must pay a fee (for shipping or other reason). Once the fee is paid the scammer will then avoid the target and the target will be left with a hole in their pocket. This is how advanced fee fraud is orchestrated on the social network every day.

The scammer has also shared links that direct targets to a website (http://ellengiveawaytowin.blogspot.com/) that claims you can win $300,000. If you click on the page you will then be redirected to a new website that asks you to register using your email address. In reality, you are not entering any give away if you supply your information. It’s simply a trick so don’t get duped.

What to do if you fell for a scam

Do not share or like the post. This only promotes it to more people which is how these scams are usually spread in the first place. If you did, visit your activity and unlike the post.

If you completed online surveys associated there is not much that you can do. However, if you supplied your personal banking or credit information to a survey it is strongly suggested to contact your bank or credit institution for assistance.

If you sent an advanced payment in order to receive a prize contact your bank or credit card and file a claim against the transaction. Explain to your bank or the credit card company what happened in order to receive assistance for the matter.

If you used an online payment service to make an advanced payment contact them and let them know what happened. It is possible that you will be able to receive your money back from them.

Furthermore, terminate all association with the Facebook page. Unlike the Facebook page, report the Facebook page, tell friends that you might have tagged about the scam, and even change your Facebook password for safe measure.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Sean's content has been featured in numerous publications.