According to this post, which is currently circulating rapidly on Facebook, large retailer Tesco is giving away vouchers worth £40. The post urges you to click to get your free voucher.
It features a photograph that supposedly depicts one of the giveaway vouchers.
However, the post is fraudulent. It has no connection to Tesco whatsoever, and those who participate will never receive the promised voucher.
Here’s what the scam post looks like:
The message is a typical Facebook survey scam that is designed to trick you into divulging your personal information on suspect websites.
If you click the post, you will be taken to a website that first asks you to complete a brief survey about Tesco and then pretends to analyse your entry to see if you have won a voucher.
In fact, regardless of what answers you give in the survey, you will always be told that you have won a voucher. The web page will then claim that, before getting your free voucher, you must click a Facebook “share” button, add the comment “Thanks”, and like the associated Facebook Page.
But, if you carry out these steps, you are helping the scammers promote their fraudulent material and exposing your Facebook friends to the scam as well.
And, even after liking, sharing, and commenting, you will still not get the promised voucher.
Instead, you will be told that you must click a link to visit a third-party website, ostensibly as a means of verifying your entry.
Once on the linked site, you will be asked to fill in surveys and supply your name and contact details, supposedly as a means of going into the draw for further prizes.
But, the information you supply will be shared with “site sponsors” and marketing firms who will subsequently inundate you with unwanted emails, phone calls, text messages, and letters.
Be wary of any message that claims that a particular store is giving away free vouchers in exchange for liking, sharing, and filling in surveys.
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!