Circulating Facebook post claims that you can click to get a $75 gift card from supermarket chain Aldi.
The post is in no way associated with Aldi. It is a scam designed to trick Facebook users into spamming their friends and supplying their personal information on suspect survey websites.
According to this post, which is currently being shared across Facebook, you can click to get a free $75 Gift Card courtesy of supermarket giant Aldi. The post, which features the Aldi logo, claims that the giveaway is to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary.
However, the post is not associated with Aldi and the claim that participants will get a $75 gift card is a lie. No gift cards are being given away. The post is yet another version of a very common scam that has targeted major supermarket and department store chains around the world in recent months. The fraudulent posts are designed to trick Facebook users into promoting the same scam to their friends and supplying their personal information on dodgy competition websites.
If you click on the post, you will be taken to a website that claims that, before getting your gift card, you must first share the site on Facebook and then send a direct link to the site to 15 Facebook friends. Of course, if you comply, you are playing right into the hands of the scammers by promoting their material across Facebook thereby gaining them many new victims.
And, even after sharing and sending the link as instructed, you will still not get to claim your gift card. Instead, clicking the claim button will display a popup window that states that you must verify your entry by participating in a survey or offer. The window will contain a list of links for you to choose from.
The links open various websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for supplying your name, home address, email address, and phone numbers. However, legal fine print on the sites will state that, by submitting your information, you are giving permission for the sites to share your information with third-party marketers. These marketing firms will soon begin calling or texting you with various offers or deals or sending you promotional material via email and surface mail.
And, the scammers who created the fake Aldi gift card post will earn money via affiliate commissions each time somebody provides personal information on one of the competition websites.
And, alas, no matter how many sites you supply your information on, you will never get the promised Aldi gift card, which never existed to begin with.
Incidentally, Aldi was founded in 1913, so this year is not its 125th anniversary as claimed in the scam post.
Facebook scams like this one are very common. New versions appear almost every day. Do not trust any Facebook post or Page that claims that you can win gift cards, vouchers, or other valuable prizes just by sharing and participating in offers or surveys.
Last updated: April 21, 2016
First published: April 21, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen