Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey Giving Away Gift Cards on Facebook-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A Facebook post claims that Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey are giving away 4,000 gift cards to Walmart.
False reports that Tyler Perry and Oprah teamed up to give away gift cards came from a Facebook page that’s not connected to either of them.
The post appeared at a Facebook page called “Tyler Perry Give A Way.” It shows a picture of Tyler Perry and Oprah and promises that pair are giving away “4,000 Walmart loaded gift cards for $250.” Readers are encouraged to share the post to qualify for a gift card drawing.
This appears to be nothing more than a like-farming scam. These schemes offer free products, services or contests to lure people into liking or sharing a Facebook page. Then, after all that activity boosts the page’s visibility, the page can be sold to a third-party for a profit.
It’s always important to look at the source of offers and contests on social media. Unless offers are coming from an official, verified account, they should be considered scams. In this case, the fake offer came from a website that is in no way affiliated with Tyler Perry or Oprah. The page only has three posts, including the bogus offer.