This Facebook message claims that users can receive a free £500 Argos Gift Card just by clicking a link in the post.
However, the message is not an official Argos promotion. In fact, it is a typical survey scam.
Users who fall for the ruse and follow the link will first be tricked into spamming the same fake promotion to their friends by “liking” or “sharing” the bogus Argos promotions page. Some versions ask users to join a bogus Facebook event page.
Next, they will be told they must complete a survey or offer before receiving their free Argos Gift Card. Some of the “survey” pages ask users to provide personal information including name, address and contact details, ostensibly to allow them to go in the draw for a prize. Others invite them to download dubious toolbars, games or software. Still others will claim that users must provide their mobile phone number – thereby subscribing to absurdly expensive text messaging services – in order to get the results of a survey or go in the running for a prize.
No matter how many offers or surveys they complete, or what services they subscribe to, victims will never receive their promised gift cards.
The scammers who create these bogus promotions will earn commissions via suspect affiliate marketing schemes each and every time a victim completes an offer or participates in a survey. Victims may also be faced with large phone bills for unwanted mobile phone services and, because they have provided name and contact details, they may be inundated with unwanted promotional emails, phone calls and junk mail.
Argos has denied any involvement with this fraudulent promotion, noting on its Facebook Page:
We have been made aware of several scams in circulation on Facebook claiming to offer free Argos vouchers to attendants that RSVP to an event or for posting information about Argos to your friends. Whilst Argos runs regular competitions, we are not involved in and do not endorse these competitions. Any Facebook competitions we run are promoted on our own Facebook page and any competitions we run through our website are promoted on our competitions page: http://bit.ly/qLCedG Please therefore be careful should you spot or receive any such messages or links and we advise you not to click on them.
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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!