Ahead of the long-awaited fight in a couple of weeks between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao, a Facebook scam is using Mr Pound for Pound as the theme of a Facebook scam.
According to Softpedia cyber crooks have set up a page impersonating the boxing champion to advertise the fact that he is giving away colossal sums of money to randomly selected fans. Called MayweatherHQ, it has absolutely no affiliation with the champ.
In one of the most recent posts on the page, the impersonator advertises giving away a total of $10 million to 10,000 lucky fans. As proof that the money is real, the scammer posted a picture of a coffee table made entirely of dollar bills.
The crook’s demands are simple and do not require the potential victim to navigate to a third-party website to become eligible for the alleged donation: liking, sharing and commenting on the post would do just fine to qualify.
Whilst not harmful to the user, it does help the scammer achieve their goal by increasing the popularity of the page, which can then be sold to marketers or other cyber criminals, and used for more or less legitimate purposes.