Claim: A Facebook page is giving away hundreds of PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 consoles because they have been unsealed and cannot be sold.
[Collected via e-mail, November 2014]
According to Playstation 5 on Facebook-
"We have got 200 pieces of Play Station 4 that can't be sold because they have been unsealed. Therefore we are giving them away for free. Want one of them? Just SHARE this photo & LIKE Our Page and we will choose
40 winners selected still 160 remaining SHARE! COMMENT(done) and you could be the next one.
This seems too good to be true. But, I searched here and didn't find anything related...
There is something being shared on FB that Play
Origins: A common Facebook scam that entices users
to like, share, and promote a Facebook page through staging what appears to be a massive giveaway targeted
While Sony has never engaged in such a giveaway, and the Facebook pages' affiliations are never made clear (nor is there ever a reason given for how the page operators acquired thousands upon thousands of dollars of desirable electronic goods), the lure of a free PlayStation is often enough to induce Facebook users to put their reservations aside and participate.
Images from the PlayStation giveaways are provably inaccurately attributed. A reverse image search reveals one common image used in the PlayStation giveaway scam actually depicts consoles stacked for distribution following a release in 2013:
Greatness has arrived. Will it be coming to you? pic.twitter.com/Iaa69nfOhr
— Amazon Video Games (@amazongames) November 8, 2013
Such scams are generally aimed at "farming likes" on Facebook, an activity that produces a valuable asset for scammers to sell to others seeking an audience on the social network. As is generally the case, legitimate large scale giveaways involving a brand like PlayStation are almost always conducted through the company's official social media channels. Furthermore,
Last updated: 11 November 2014