According to a post currently being shared on Facebook, grocery store chain, Aldi is gifting every family with a free $30 off gift card. Supposedly, the giveaway is to celebrate the grand opening of an Aldi store.
However, the post has no connection to Aldi and those who click on it will never get the promised gift card.
Instead, the post is a typical Facebook survey scam that is designed to trick you into submitting personal details on dodgy websites.
Aldi USA has warned customers about the scam via a post on its official Facebook Page:
An example of the scam post:
If you click on the post, you will be taken to a bogus website that asks you to complete a short survey about your Aldi shopping habits:
The site will then pretend to check your answer to see if you qualify for a free coupon. In fact, you will be selected as a “winner” no matter what answers you give in the survey.
At the end of the survey, a fake coupon claim page will load in your browser. The page claims that you must now share the post on Facebook and add the comment “Thanks for my Coupon”. It also asks you to share the post on a Facebook group that you belong to.
Via these steps, the scammers ensure that their bogus giveaway is seen by an ever increasing number of potential victims on Facebook.
Clicking the “Get My Coupon” button will take you to a dodgy website that promises the chance to win further prizes for filling in surveys and providing your name and contact details.
But, by participating, you are actually giving permission for the site to share your information with unscrupulous third-party marketing companies. These companies will subsequently inundate you with unwanted and annoying emails, text messages, phone calls, and letters that try to convince you to buy various products and services.
And, alas, no matter how many survey sites you visit, you will never receive the promised Aldi gift card.
If one of these free giveaway scam messages appears on your Facebook News Feed, do not be tempted to participate.
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!