T.I. -CEO Facebook Page Is A Fake!!!!!!

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T.I. Giving Away $10,000 on 10/15

Get Lucky $$$$ WE DOING IT AGAIN... NEED MONEY NEED YOUR BILLS PAID IT DON'T MATTER WHERE YOU FROM IF YOU HOMELESS, IN COLLEGE, SINGLE PARENT, THIS APPLY TO YOU WE WILL BE PICKING 2 PEOPLE 1 MAN & 1 WOMEN TO WIN $10,000 CASH MONEY ON 10/15 ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS "LIKE" THIS PAGE HERE

If It Looks Like A Duck.....

Facebook is notorious for money schemes, perpetrated by the lowest of the low in many's opinion. It should therefore be no surprise that these scammers will go to any length to deceive and make a quick buck, and what better way to do this than to prey on the misfortunes of others.

The scammers of Facebook have become more and more clever with their tactics to get the general public to buy into amazing deals & steals that just seem to good to be true. Well, just as the old idioms says:

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is a duck!

The T.I. Facebook Giveaway Page

Facebook features a page of the legendary rapper T.I. (T.I. -CEO), where allegedly, the rapper has spurts of generosity and illustrates this through giveaways of such things as cash and most recently, a house. All one has to do is 'like' the post, then wait 'til the due date and hope that there name would be picked out of a lottery of tens of thousands. Here is an example of one of the viral posts;

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LIVE HERE OR YOU HAVE FAMILY WHO U WOULD LOVE TO LIVE HERE ALL U GOTTA DO IS "LIKE" MY PAGE & WE WILL BE PICKING 1 FAN TO MOVE IN THIS UP COMING TUESDAY U DON'T WANNA MISS OUT "LIKE" HURRY HURRY ->


Now, to empathetic, naïve and perhaps ignorant people, this offer would seem like a dream come true, especially to those facing financial struggles. The offer is very appealing to the less fortunate and seems harmless enough to simply click 'like' and wait with a hope and a dream of being picked as a winner.

The comments to this post include single mothers begging to be named the winner, while they pour their hearts out to the legendary rapper about their struggles in life. Many attach biblical affirmations to the rapper for his generosity and caring soul, while others express and explain just what they would do if picked as a winner.

Based on the many comments along with the over 24,000 likes, people are stating their most intimate issues within their lives. The theme on the boards is that of despair, hopelessness, and even greed. By the way the board reads, it is clear that most people are oblivious to the idea of a scam. The iconic rapper that is T.I. has such a stronghold on so many people that they dare not question the validity of such an offer. There is only a very small percentage of doubtful souls to ponder long enough on the post to ask "How?"

Is It Real Or Fake???

The question remains as to just how Real, or not real these offers are? One would like to believe that a person of such wealthy stature is generous and understanding enough to extend his/hers kindheartedness in such an unorthodox charitable manner. Unorthodox because typically those that extend monies usually do it through reputable charities and non-profit organizations. However, it is because of this acclaimed low-level approach from rapper T.I. that the average person has become so indulged. While most may take the offers expressed on the Facebook page at face value, we will do a little dissecting of it toward the truth.


To start off, let's take a look at the heading of the page, which features a picture of T.I. sitting in a lounge chair, holding a whine glass while in a stare-down with the camera. A smaller banner accompany's the page with the caption "Verified Account BETA" affixed. To the average person, this may seem legit and proof enough that the account belongs to the rapper. However, to the trained eye, it has amateur photoshopping written all over it. The full blown pic.(once clicked) illustrates how arbitrary the banner's placement is with relation to the photo itself. The trained eye can also notice how pixelated the image of the banner is, alluding to the makes of a 'copy & paste' procedure. Lastly, the bottom of the photo features a website: www.hiphopwalls.com. With this, one would have to question. "Why would the rapper post a photo of himself from someone else's website, when he should clearly have an abundance of archived photo-shoot pics to choose from?"

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Throughout the page are alleged post from rapper T.I., talking about anything from his love for 'big girls' to promoting other celebrities such as Nicki Minaj. The rapper leads off these posts with random pictures of himself and his family that any Google Image search can reveal. So just how authentic are these photos? Scrolling a bit more, one is sure to run across yet another giveaway. And then there is the house!

One of the most recent post on the T.I. -CEO page features a giveaway of this house to a random person that likes the page. The post reads as follows;

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LIVE HERE OR YOU HAVE FAMILY WHO U WOULD LOVE TO LIVE HERE ALL U GOTTA DO IS "LIKE" MY PAGE & WE WILL BE PICKING 1 FAN TO MOVE IN THIS UP COMING TUESDAY U DON'T WANNA MISS OUT "LIKE" HURRY HURRY ->

This post has received tons of 'likes' and many comments of people once again pouring their hearts out to the rapper to be picked for receiving this generous gift. But again, just how valid is this?

A simple search of this picture is very revealing, and may be perhaps disappointing to some 'believers'. Right clicking on this picture from the Facebook page will produce a scroll down menu where the option of copying the image's URL can be selected. After this is done, the image's copied URL can then be pasted to reverse image finding sites like http://www.tineye.com/, where the results may be shocking. For the picture of this particular house, it shows up on 10 different websites , where it is mostly used for aesthetic purposes in dressing up one's website. These sites range in a wide variety of business practices from landscaping, as the full blown pic of this house shows, with remarkable greenery, to construction sites advertising contracting work for home building. So just how is T.I. going to sell a home that it seems he has no title of ownership to?

The photo above, of the lump sum of money also sources back to a drug cartel bust in Mexico. It can also be clearly counted as being well over the $10,000 posted on the T.I. -CEO Facebook page.

There are numerous other post throughout the T.I. -CEO Facebook page that seems to overly sell. Many posts use 'call to action' phrases (a brilliant marketing strategy) at the end in efforts to drive traffic to some other site. Some of these include;

  • "...Go Cop You Aye New Iphone 5 & Grand Theft Auto 5 Here..."
  • "...I support breast cancer & you should to please visit the site below & give back..."
  • "...Go Get This Club Banger..."


It isn't unusual for one to self promote, but again, overly selling always points to marketing schemes. Not to mention, many of the attached photos of these various posts can and have also been reversely traced to other websites. One should also wonder why so many of these photos are being used from other sites, rather than authentic uploading from the rapper himself. Authentic uploads will often have zero results on reverse image look-up sites.

So Why T.I.....Whyyyyyyyyy?????

Well, the answer simply is, it just isn't T.I. Today scammers, marketers and advertisers alike are constantly trying to develop new ways to promote, sell and make money. This particular "Fake" site may have been manufactured by an affiliate marketer of the sorts. The goal of the affiliate marketer is to advertise, advertise and advertise. They use 'call to action' phrases to persuade an audience to check out just what they are selling, in efforts of making a sale. But, they need a big audience in order to maximize their return and what better way than through social media at the expense of icons with an enormous amount of followers.

As intricate as it must be to sit and map out such an elaborate and misleading scheme, it is also brilliant in its own right, as the nearly half a million likes of the T.I. -CEO page gives proof.

A good point to know is that Facebook is very much aware of scammers also. They have recently implemented a tool to help people identify fact from fiction, with a blue check symbol affixed to high profile people or any persons that have reached a certain plateau of fandom. This blue check symbol can be found next to their names within the Facebook search results. This is the true way of knowing that a celebrity Facebook page has been "verified".

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