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Thousands enter to win “free RV.” It’s a scam, but their reasons are legit

If you have a Facebook account (we know, we’re not supposed to talk about the social-media-site-that-shall-not-be-named, but bear with us here), you may have seen several scams going around saying “Enter to win a free RV,” or something along those lines. Recently, one was posted on our Free Campgrounds Facebook group, which was promptly deleted by our moderators because, of course, it was spam.

Here’s a screenshot:

As you can see at the bottom of the image, just on that post alone, there are 27,000 entries and 57,000 shares. That’s a whole lot of people thinking they have a chance at winning a free RV.

Now, what’s interesting to me has nothing to do with the fact that these scams are fallen for every time they’re posted (even though that is quite interesting), but I always read through the comments and find the reasons why people want to win these RVs so bad so interesting.

What makes a person enter a “contest” to win a free RV?

Here are some of their entry comments:

“WIN! Looking forward to seeing America. Love to travel in comfort and see the great outdoors.” —Joanne Q.

“Hi, I will be so happy to win. It will improve my life as I am on social security and I could travel this amazing country of ours.” —Bela B.

“We’d love to win this. My husband and I are retired and dream of visiting different states. Please consider us.” —Wesley N.

“Win! We want to do this adventure with our kids so bad. It will be a wonderful experience and dream come true.” —Sapna A.

“WIN. This would be a dream to WIN, the places I’d go and see, the freedom of owning a home on wheels, go and see and do what I want. Live for fun with my family.” —Chelsea J.

“I can definitely see my family hanging out at any beach with some great food and drinks. Lovely. My family will love it.” —Davika B. 

“Would be great to win. Maybe I can retire as I want just me and my husband go around traveling at our old age! Dream come true. It’s really hard for some people to even think about renting one, imagine owning one!” —Candy A.

“It would become my future home as I’ll never get to own my own home. I could wake up to new scenery every day. Comfort in style.” —Sharon T.

“Win!! Wishing and hoping to be able to retire and drive around the country with my dog and see this beautiful planet..good luck all!!” —Christine E.

“Perfect way to travel during these uncertain times and so easy to care for! Has all you need and more.” —Terry C.

“I have wanted an RV since I was a little girl. Winning it would be like going to Disney as a child. I would love to travel across USA.” —Tina M.

“WIN!! Thank you for this opportunity, it would be great to live the van life in one of these.” —Morgan A.

I could continue, but…

The thousands and thousands of comments would take us both hours to read through. But here’s what I take away from all these comments of people wanting to win a free RV:

  • The RVing lifestyle is “a dream” for thousands of people.
  • People want an RV to retire.
  • People think of RVing as they see it on commercials, TV, etc. – no crowds, no quality issues, no manufacturer issues, etc. The industry really has painted a glorious image of the RVing lifestyle, hasn’t it?
  • People think they won’t cost a lot to maintain, travel in, or live in.

So what will it take for the industry to change its image of RVing? Every day thousands of people are buying their first RVs with so much excitement and hope—this is what they’ve been waiting for! 20-year loans? What a deal! Yeah, okay…

Not only is this post and many others like it a scam, but perhaps the whole image of RVing is too.

One thing is for sure though: Despite your breakdowns and crowded campgrounds, despite your neighbors’ barking dog and your dealership disasters, you are living “the dream” for so many people. And for that, you should be grateful.

*Please note that not every “Win this RV” contest is a scam. Many dealers do give RVs away in legitimate contests, but most of these that you see floating around Facebook or other social media sites are, indeed, scams. 

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Colin Flagg
7 months ago

Maybe it’s not scam. I say this because, every year in SF,CA group offers a 2M dollar house for $100.00 a ticket raffle. The problem is the small print at the bottom. Must sell 50,000 tickets for the house.

Bob M
7 months ago

There’s a national vacation business that sets up at fairs and other large gatherings giving away a vehicle. Once you sign up they hound you to buy vacation packages from them. You gave them your phone number and email address signing up to win the car.

Richard Chabrajez
7 months ago

I’m guessing most of the replies were as phony as the scam; added before the ad even posted. I report these as well. Interesting though – some have figured out how to disable the report option.

AMC
7 months ago

I did a little more investigating. The account that posted the giveaway, RV Club, has no web site, no contact info, and is basically trying to push people to Like their page. Why? So they can sell the tens of thousands of Likes (by transferring ownership of page) to other scammers. You can see that rule #3 is to “Like our Page” meaning go to their page and click Like. I went to their page — didn’t click Like of course — and the red flags are 1) This contest post is the ONLY ONE on their page. Usually a business’s Page had regular posts to drum up interest; 2) In the one contest post, there are over 20,000 comments (so many sincere pleas) with the word “win” in them (rule #2); and 3) The “page” RV Club replies to each comment “Hello [name of commenter], Your entry is almost complete! You still need to complete the validation process first. To do this simply share this post with 8 active groups you are in. Once finished we need 24 hours to check everything. Thanks and Good Luck” !!!

AMC
7 months ago

I agree with Gaines B. You say “this is a scam” and list why people “fall for it.” But you don’t say how you know it’s a scam. Did you investigate who’s behind it? Can you explain what the scammer gets out of it, other than perpetuating the false post, and adding more Likes to their page? We need much more info.

Gordy B
7 months ago
Reply to  AMC

How do you know it is not a scam? Give us proof!

Gaines B
7 months ago

You say these are scams, however, you do not tell us what kind of scam it is! What are the spammers after? Is this a warning not to fill out their forms? This is a very ambiguous article. Please clarify what exactly you are warning us about. Thanks!

Bob Packer
7 months ago

I got two of the RV contest scams yesterday. Both on RV feeds. Both had the same picture, but different “dealers”. I immediately report such to page admin and note ‘SPAM?” “PFISHING?”.

Garry Lucas
7 months ago

Winning a free RV, I don’t think so, you won this big beautiful expensive RV, now you get to figure how to come up with the TTL. The government always wants their cut.

Tom Piper
7 months ago

The obvious way to resolve the disconnect between the perceived and promoted lifestyle image, and reality would be for manufacturers to slow down and build RVs with extremely high quality. Sure, they will cost more, probably a lot more, but think of the possibilities of an improved experience. Right now it’s B.S. from most angles.

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