A Facebook community page called “Sen. Manny Pacquiao” blew up hours after the Filipino boxer’s win against Lucas Matthysse by promising free properties to 60 people.
To win the houses and lots, netizens were required to take three simple steps. They must “like” the page, share the post, and comment “congrats” underneath it.
In just 11 hours, the post — which was later taken down — garnered more than half a million shares and over 225,000 likes.
Unsuspecting netizens hopeful to win one of the properties shared stories of their plight in the comments section:
However, many were skeptical that the post was a hoax, as no official announcement had come from Pacquiao’s verified Facebook page.
This is not the first time that a Facebook page posing as Pacquiao lured thousands of Filipinos over free housing.
In late 2016, a page called “Sen. Manny Pacquiao Libreng Pahabay” (“Sen. Manny Pacquiao Free Housing”) promised 2,000 homes throughout the archipelago, requiring users to comment their locations and tag five relatives as “they might also win.”
While the fate of these Facebook pages is unclear, the volume of comments shows the overwhelming need to do better in distinguishing authentic posts from a hoax.
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