According to a post that is circulating rapidly on Facebook, Coke is giving away a Coca-Cola bag of goodies along with a $20 voucher to everyone who shares and comments.
Supposedly, Coke has launched the giveaway as a means of celebrating the company’s 125th anniversary. The post features images supposedly depicting the giveaway bags and goodies.
However, the post and the Facebook Page that published it are fraudulent. They have no connection to the Coca-Cola company and those tricked into participating have no chance whatsoever of getting the promised goodie bag.
The post is a typical like-farming scam designed to promote the associated Facebook Page and gather as many new likes as possible. Once it has grown its like count via the fake Coca-Cola bag giveaway, the bogus Page can be used to distribute survey and other types of scams, this time to a considerably larger pool of potential victims.
In some cases, the scam Page may be sold to other scammers who will reuse it for their own fraudulent activities. The more likes a Facebook Page has the more it can be potentially sold for.
Coca-Cola Bag Images Stolen From Other Websites
Facebook scammers regularly use the Coke name and logo in such giveaway scams. The scammers fraudulently use the names of many other companies as well. While this scam post has a supposed cut-off date of March 6th, later posts will likely appear with new cut-off dates.
Scammers also regular use the false “company anniversary” claim in the fake posts.
Note that there is no mention of the supposed Coca-Cola bag giveaway on the genuine Coke Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified” icon.
If this post crosses your Facebook News Feed, don’t be tempted to participate. If you do, you will be helping Facebook fraudsters as well as exposing your friends and family to the scam. And, you have no chance of winning the promised prize.
Screenshot of the scam post:
Screenshot of the scam Facebook Page:
Transcript of the fake Coca-Cola bag Giveaway Post:
To celebrate the good news of Coca-Cola’s 125th anniversary in just a couple of days we have a special surprise for every person who has shared&commented by March 6th, each person who does this can get one of these Coca-Cola bags containing lots of Coke goodies and a $20 voucher.
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