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:
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!