According to a post that is currently circulating on Facebook, American variety store chain Dollar General is providing each family with a free $150 coupon as a means of celebrating the company’s 135 years of service.
However, the post is fraudulent and has no connection to Dollar General. Those who participate will never get the promised $150 coupon.
Dollar General has warned users about the scam via a reply on its official Facebook page, which notes:
Please don’t click on the link because it isn’t real. This is not a Dollar General program and these coupons are not accepted at any Dollar General Location.
The giveaway post is just one version of a great many similar anniversary giveaway scams that have used the names of many stores across the world. The scams are designed to trick you into promoting the fraudulent posts across Facebook and divulging your personal information on dodgy third-party websites.
If one of these posts comes your way, do not click on it or interact with it in any way. And let the person who posted it know that the message is a scam.
Dollar General has been targeted in several similar Facebook scams in recent years. For the record, Dollar General is not celebrating 135 years of service in 2018 as claimed in the scam post. Dollar General was founded in 1939.
An example of 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!