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Costco “Free $250 Coupon” Facebook Survey Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Post being shared on Facebook claims that you can click to get a free $250 Costco coupon to celebrate the company’s 40th Anniversary.

Analysis:
The post is fraudulent and it is not associated with Costco in any way. Those who participate have no chance whatsoever of getting a Costco coupon.

The post is a typical Facebook survey scam. After clicking the link, you will be asked to fill in a pointless survey about your Costco shopping habits before being taken to a bogus coupon claim web page (see screenshot below).  The page asks you to first hit a Facebook share button, and then copy and paste a link to the scam on your Facebook profile and in 5 groups you belong to. Via these steps, you end up promoting the same scam to your Facebook friends and fellow Facebook group members, thereby ensuring that the scammers gain many new victims.

After spamming your friends, you can then click the “Claim Your Free $250 Costco Coupon” button. However, you will then be told that you must click links to fill in one or more surveys before you can get the coupon. The links open dodgy “survey and “offer” websites that claim that you can win further prizes but must provide your name, phone numbers, email address and home address to participate. But, your information will be shared with “site sponsors” and third-party marketing companies and you will subsequently be bombarded with unwanted and annoying phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters promoting a variety of products and services you most likely neither want nor need.

The scammers who created the fake Costco coupon posts will earn commissions each time somebody provides personal information on one of the survey sites.

There is a  constant stream of scams like this on Facebook. Don’t get caught!

Refer to the following resources for further details about such scams:
What is a Facebook Survey Scam?
Survey Scam List

An earlier version of the scam:

Example:
Costco $250 Coupon Facebook Scam



Importance Notice

After 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 You

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Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer