According to a post that is currently being shared via Facebook, the Coors Brewing Company is giving everyone a free 24 pack of Coors Light Beer as a means of celebrating the company’s 200th anniversary.
The post, which you can supposedly click to get your free beer, features an image depicting rows of Coors Light cartons.
However, the post has no connection to the Coors Brewing Company and those who participate will never receive the promised free beer.
If you fall for the ruse and click on the post, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that asks you to fill in a short survey about Coors Light.
After you answer the survey questions, the fake site will pretend to check your answers and then open a new page that claims that you have been selected as a winner of a free Coors Light 24 pack. No matter what answers you give, you will always be selected as a “winner”. The page urges you to hurry up and complete the remaining steps because there are supposedly only a few free beer coupons left to giveaway.
You will then be instructed to share the free giveaway post on Facebook with the comment “Thanks for my Beer” and then click “Like”.
Liking, sharing, and commenting helps to promote the scam post across Facebook thereby gaining the scammers may more victims.
After liking, sharing, and commenting, you will be told you must click one of several links provided to complete your entry and receive your free beer coupon. The links open various websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for providing your name and contact details.
But, if you participate, your information will be shared with marketing companies who will then begin bombarding you with unwanted and annoying phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters touting various dodgy products and services.
And, sadly, no matter how many links you click or personal information forms you fill out, you will never get your free beer.
The scammers who created the fake giveaway earn money each time a hapless beer lover provides his or her information on one of the linked websites.
For the record, the official Coors Light Facebook Page makes no mention of the supposed giveaway. And, Coors Light is not 200 years old as claimed in the scam post. Coors Light beer was launched in 1978 and the company itself was founded in 1873.
Coors Brewing Company is providing free 24 pack of Coors Light Beer to All on its 200th Anniversary.
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!