Claim: Boxer Floyd Mayweather is giving away $2.6 million to one lucky fan on Facebook.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, March and April 2015]
Is Floyd Mayweather really giving away $2.6 million to a fan on Facebook?
There is a facebook page claiming its floyd mayweather. Its Floyd
Mayweather HQ, I know you have one about the Floyd Mayweather CEO page but
this page is also claiming that Floyd is giving away money. Is this just
another scam page?
The message was followed up by several posts showing Floyd Mayweather posing next to piles of money. These photographs, along with the fact that Mayweather is known for doing some “insane” things with his cash, led many Facebook users to consider that the boxer’s generous offer might be real.
Unfortunately, Mayweather is not about to give
The Floyd Mayweather giveaway scam is very similar to previous ruses involving companies such as BMW and musicians such as Eminem. These “like farming” scams may promise big rewards, but the real goal behind them is for the scammers to gain social media exposure so that they can sell advertising or spread malware:
The true purpose of these pages is often to gain enough traction in Facebook’s algorithm to begin appearing in users’ news feeds. The owners of the page can then post advertising and links that reach a much wider audience because of the groundwork they’ve laid by collecting likes. They can link to whatever products or sites they wish, including products that they may receive a commission on or identity-stealing malware.
In short, you can stop working on your application to join the “Money Team,” because the Floyd Mayweather CEO Facebook page is fake.
Last updated: 9 April 2015