According to a post that is spreading rapidly across Facebook, Bud Light has announced that everyone who shares a link will be sent a 24 pack of beer.
The post, which features a photo of a Bud Light beer box, claims that the giveaway is to celebrate the company’s anniversary.
If you click the link, you will be taken to a scam website that insists that you allow notifications in your browser before you can watch a video. Exactly how the scam plays out may depend on your location and other factors.
But, at some point, you will be prompted to share the fake giveaway page on Facebook. Then, you will be redirected to a site that claims that you can win further prizes by entering your name and contact details. But, if you do so, your information will be shared with dodgy marketing companies who will later bombard you with unwanted promotional phone calls, emails, and text messages.
You will also receive scam notifications in your browser.
No matter how many scam sites you visit or how many times you divulge your personal details, you will never receive your free beer.
This bogus giveaway is similar to a 2018 scam which falsely claimed that you could get a free 24 pack of Coors Light in exchange for sharing and commenting.
Scams like this are very common on Facebook. Be wary of any post that claims that you can win prizes, coupons, or vouchers in exchange for sharing and clicking a link. Many make the false claim that the supposed giveaway is associated with the company’s anniversary.
A screenshot of the scam post:
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!