According to a post that is rapidly circulating on Facebook, Australian beer maker Carlton is giving everyone who shares a link a free 24-pack of Carlton Draught.
Supposedly, the company is giving away the beer as a means of celebrating its anniversary. The post features a photograph depicting Carlton Draught cartons and a six-pack.
Clicking the post opens a website that asks you to fill in a survey about Carlton Draught. The site will then pretend to check your answers before announcing you as a winner of the beer. In reality, every visitor is declared a winner regardless of what survey answers they provide.
Next, you will be instructed to share the page on Facebook and add the comment “Thank you”. By sharing and commenting, you are helping the scammers promote their bogus giveaway across Facebook.
After liking and sharing, you are told to click the “Receive Beer” button to claim your prize. But, the button does not open a prize claim form as you might expect. Instead, you are taken to another website that claims that you can win further prizes by entering your name and contact details.
But, all of the information you enter will be given to dodgy marketing companies who will soon start bombarding you with unwanted and annoying promotional phone calls, text messages, and emails.
And, you still won’t get your beer. There is no beer.
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:
A screenshot of the scam website: