Update: March 2021
In March 2021, a new giveaway scam began circulating that falsely claimed that Coke is giving away a Coca-Cola bag of goodies along with a $20 voucher to everyone who shares and comments. You can read information about this version of the scam here:
According to a post that is currently being shared on Facebook, Coca Cola is giving EVERYONE who participates a free 24 pack of Coke. The post claims that coke is offering the freebie as a means of celebrating its birthday and urges you to click to get yours now while supplies last.
However, the post is yet another Facebook survey scam. No Coke packs are being given away and the post is not associated with Coca Cola in any way. As per usual with such scams, the post is designed to trick you into spamming your Facebook friends and divulging your personal information via suspect survey websites.
If you click on the fraudulent post, you will be taken to an equally fraudulent webpage that is made to look like it is part of Facebook. You will then be asked to share the fake page on Facebook and then send a page link to five Facebook Groups you belong to. Via these ‘2 simple steps’, you effectively become marketers for the scammers and expose your Facebook friends and fellow group members to their bogus giveaway.
And, even after completing the outlined steps, you will still not get to claim the promised Coke pack. Instead, a popup window will appear that claims that before getting your giveaway, you must first complete a survey to ‘verify’ your entry. The popup will include a list of links that open various survey websites.
The survey sites will offer the chance to win further prizes in exchange for filling in surveys and supplying your name, phone numbers, home address and email address. If you do participate, the information you provide will be shared with third party marketing companies. Fine print on the page will explain that, by participating, you are in fact giving permission for these companies to contact you. Thus, you will soon begin receiving sales pitches for various products and services via email, surface mail, phone, and SMS.
And, no matter how many surveys you complete, you will never get to claim your Coke. Neither will anybody else who participates.
So, you might ask, why do scammers create these fake giveaways? Well, each and every time that somebody supplies their information via one of the survey sites, the scammers will earn a commission. Thus, the more giveaway scams that they can create and the more they can promote them on Facebook, the more money they will make.
Don’t be fooled by these scams. Do not participate in any supposed competition in which you are told you must share and like the promotional material and participate in surveys before being able to claim a prize.
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!