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Facebook Scam Pushes Fake Giveaway for Ninja Foodi Cooker

A Facebook post congratulated users and misleadingly claimed that they had won a brand new Ninja Foodi MAX 15-in-1 SmartLid Multi-Cooker.

Published Sep 21, 2022

 (Bhupinder Nayyar/Flickr)
Image Via Bhupinder Nayyar/Flickr
Claim:
A Facebook post from an unverified page claims that users have won a brand new cooking product from Ninja Kitchen.

On Sept. 21, 2022, we reviewed a misleading Facebook post that claimed multiple users had won a brand new Ninja Foodi MAX 15-in-1 SmartLid Multi-Cooker. The post was made on a page named Blue Light Card, which showed the unrelated category of "Wine/spirits." All of this was nothing more than another scam that led to a seemingly endless number of surveys that promised other prizes.

The post originally read as follows:

⭐CONGRATULATIONS for those of you who have received comments from me have been selected as winners???
Step 1 = Like and Share
Step 2 = Register here ? https://tinyurl.com/2ej2cd6u
Step 3 = Coments "DONE" receive my prize. And the Gift will be sent after you successfully register (this is authentic and official) God bless you✔️
⭐ Good Luck⭐.

#bluelightcardcontest
#entertowincontest_bluelightcard
#entertowincontestbluelightcard

The Facebook page that pushed this scam appeared to have been removed shortly before we published this story.

The product was once featured in an official video from the company, Ninja Kitchen. It retails for around 299 pounds in the U.K., which would make it a pricey item to give out to multiple users for free.

In sum, we recommend avoiding any promotions, giveaways, or contests on Facebook that ask users to like, comment, and share. The only exception to this rule would be if the post came from a page that has a verified badge. A page that's verified presumably would mean that a promotion would be trustworthy. Other than that, we generally advise that readers avoid prize offers that seem too good to be true.

Jordan Liles is a Snopes reporter with expertise in investigating misinformation, inauthentic social media activity, and scams.

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