According to a post currently being shared on Facebook, Costco is giving every family a free $75 coupon to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.
The post features an image depicting the supposed $75 coupon.
However, the post is a scam. It is not associated with Costco and people who participate will never get their promised coupons.
An example of the scam post:
If you click on the post, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that first asks you to complete a brief survey about your experience with Costco. After you fill in the survey questions, the fake site will pretend to check your answers and then declare you a winner of the coupon. In reality, every visitor is declared a winner, regardless of what survey answers they provide.
Next, you will be asked to share and like on Facebook and enter “Thanks Costco” as a comment on the post. By doing so you promote the scam on Facebook and help the scammers gain new victims.
A screenshot of the fake website:
After you have liked, shared, and commented, you will be told that you must verify your entry by clicking one of several available links. The links open suspect websites that claim that you can win further prizes by providing your name and contact details.
However, all of the information you provide will be shared with dodgy marketing companies. So, you will soon be inundated with annoying phone calls, emails, text messages, and letters peddling a range of dubious products and services.
The scammers who created the fake giveaway earn money each time somebody provides details on one of the bogus websites.
For the record, Costco was founded in 1976, so it is not celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018 as claimed in the scam post.
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!