Sorry - you're not going to win that RV in the Facebook post
Jayco RV and the Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Indiana want to alert Facebook users of a scam that is going around on the social media site. A post claims anyone who likes and comments on the post will be entered to win win a Jayco RV.
The post is just a scam to get likes for a Facebook page, a technique called like-farming.
“Like-farming is a technique scammers use often on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter,” said Marjorie Stephens, CEO and President of BBB Serving Northern Indiana. “They create an eye-catching post designed to get as many likes and shares as possible, often with an emotional reason to click, like, and share, such as adorable animals, sick children, the promise to win big, or political messages.”
One page that popped up was created on June 8, 2020 and posted the following on June 10:
"With a lot of people out of work and Covid-19 keeping them out of work we know money is tighter more now than ever! So by 9 PM Thursday someone who shares and also comments will be the new owner of this Jayco Embark 2020 RV, paid off and ready to drive away, keys in hand!"
Whenever the "contest" ends, the scammers usually post that the winner was ineligible and the truck, car, RV, etc, is still being given away - or the page changes its name, ownership or content.
If you do see a post that is a scam on Facebook, click the three dots in the upper right hand section of the post and scroll down to "find support or report post." To report a page, find the like, follow and share buttons right below the cover image and find the three dots next to the follow button. Click the dots and scroll down to "Find support or report page" and report the page to Facebook.
In response to the scams, Jayco made posts on their Facebook and website to alert the public about how to tell the difference between a legitimate contest and a scam.
Jayco posted the following on their Facebook page:
Jayco posted the following on their website:
With several fake giveaways of Jayco RVs circulating on the internet, we wanted to define clearly, what is real and what is fake, in order to protect you as much as possible from misleading contests and provide you with useful information. Below, we have outlined our typical giveaway process and have included links to our official website and social media accounts so you know anything posted elsewhere is not a valid giveaway or offer from Jayco, Inc.
#1 When Jayco runs an official promotion or giveaway, the announcement can be found on any or all of the following websites or accounts.
#2 In most cases, our giveaways will require participants to share photos and corresponding captions via Twitter or Instagram, using a specified #hashtag, or submit by posting on the official Jayco Facebook page. At times, we may ask that you fill out a simple form that is posted on www.jayco.com, our official website. Winners are selected at random on a pre-determined date or multiple dates. These pre-determined dates will not move or change during the giveaway period.
#3 Winners are typically announced through a post on Jayco’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts featuring their name or username and announcing them as the winner. Winners will be required to private message Jayco with their contact information to obtain their prize. Again, these winner announcements will happen as a public post made on Jayco’s official accounts listed above.
#4 We will never ask for a credit card or bank account information, social security numbers, or other personal information. We only ask for your basic contact information such as your first and last name, mailing address, phone number, and email address. This interaction will either happen in our official Jayco account inboxes (linked above), over email from an @jayco.com email address or on the phone.
Please protect yourself and your personal information by fact-checking all giveaways you see online. We appreciate the many people who have brought these fraudulent giveaways to our attention and have pursued the truth before entering. Thank you for understanding that we do not have control over fake accounts or giveaways but we will do all we can to report them as we’re made aware. Please consider reporting fraudulent accounts when you see them and help protect your fellow social media users.