According to a post currently being shared across Facebook, pizza chain Little Caesars is giving EVERYONE 3 free large pizzas to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary.
The post, which features an image depicting a Little Caesars coupon, links to a website that supposedly allows you to claim your free pizzas.
However, the post and the associated website have no connection to Little Caesars and no pizzas are being given away.
The post is yet another Facebook giveaway scam designed to trick people into submitting their personal details on dodgy websites.
Clicking on the post opens a “claim” website that asks you to complete a pointless survey about your pizza buying habits. No matter what answers you give, the fake site will always choose you as a “winner”.
The claim page then instructs you to like and share on Facebook and add the comment “Thanks for my Coupon”. Supposedly, you must complete these steps before your pizza coupon claim can be verified. But, in reality, following the instructions just helps the scammers by promoting their fake giveaway to a much wider audience.
After you like, share, and comment, a list of links will appear. The page claims that you must click one or more of these links to finish verifying your entry and receive the free coupon.
The links open scam websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for submitting your personal information. But the site will share the information you submit with “site sponsors” and dodgy marketing companies.
So, you will soon be inundated with unwanted phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters promoting a range of suspect products and services.
Facebook fraudsters launched an almost identical version of this scam in late 2018. And fake “anniversary giveaway” scams continue to plague Facebook.
An example of the scam post:
A screenshot of the fake claim website:
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!