An earlier version of this story was first published on April 18, 2017
A post being shared on Facebook claims that Dunkin Donuts is giving away a free box of donuts to EVERYONE as a means of celebrating the company’s anniversary.
The post is fraudulent. Those who participate will never receive the promised box of donuts. The post has no connection to Dunkin Donuts whatsoever.
In fact, the post is a typical Facebook scam designed to trick you into spamming your friends with the same fake giveaway and then supplying your personal information on scam survey websites.
Clicking the link opens a bogus website that asks you to complete a short survey about your donut eating habits. After you complete the survey, you will be told that you have won the free box of donuts but must now share, like, and comment on Facebook.
After you have shared, liked, and commented, you will be told that you must verify your entry by clicking a link.
The link opens a website that asks you to provide your name and contact details to get a chance to win further prizes.
However, the information you supply will be shared with site sponsors and marketing companies. So, you will soon be inundated with unwanted and annoying marketing emails, phone calls, text messages, and letters.
And, alas, you will never receive the promised box of donuts.
Scams like this one continue to plague Facebook. You can read more about these scams here.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!