According to a post that is currently travelling rapidly across Facebook, UK-based supermarket chain ASDA is giving everyone who shares a link a coupon worth £120.
Supposedly, the promotion is for TODAY ONLY. The post features an image depicting an ASDA store.
The image used in the scam post was stolen from a January 2020 news report.
If you click on the fake giveaway post, you will be taken to an equally fake website that features the ASDA logo to make it appear genuine. Once on the site, you will be asked to complete a brief survey about your previous shopping experiences with ASDA.
Next, the fake site will pretend to check your answers before declaring you a winner. In fact, every site visitor “wins” regardless of what answers they give on the survey.
You are then instructed to share the page on Facebook and tag or mention 10 friends before claiming your coupon.
After sharing and tagging, you can then click the claim button. However, clicking does not open a coupon claim form as you might expect. Instead, you are taken to one of several third-party websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for providing your name and contact details.
If you proceed, the details you enter will be shared with “site sponsors” and associated marketing companies who will then inundate you with phone calls, text messages, and emails touting a range of dodgy products and services.
Some of the linked websites may claim that you are eligible to get a free product but must provide your credit card numbers to cover a small processing and delivery fee.
Companies that use such deceptive tactics to promote themselves should never be trusted with your personal and financial information.
No matter how many times you give your details on one of the linked sites, you will never get to claim your ASDA coupon. There are no coupons.
This post is just one of thousands of similar fake giveaways that continually flood Facebook. If one comes your way, don’t be tempted to participate. If you do, you may compromise your online privacy and security. And, you will be helping scammers promote their fake giveaways.
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!