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‘Free $75 Off Publix Gift Card’ Scam Targeting Facebook Users

by Brett M. Christensen

A post being shared on Facebook claims that that American supermarket chain Publix is giving everyone a free $75 off coupon to celebrate the company’s 100th year of success.

The post features an image that supposedly depicts one of the free Publix gift cards.

However, the post is fraudulent and has no connection to Publix. People who choose to participate will never receive the promised gift card.

Clicking the post opens a fraudulent coupon claim website that features the Publix logo. The fake site instructs you to first share, like, and comment on Facebook and then click a “Verify” button to claim your free gift card.

Sharing, liking, and commenting spreads the scam post across Facebook and allows the scammers to gain many more victims.

Clicking the ‘Verify” button opens another suspect website that offers the chance to win further prizes in exchange for registering and providing your name and contact details. The site will give your details to dodgy marketing companies, who will then start blasting you with unwanted emails, phone calls, text messages, and letters peddling a variety of dubious products and services.

And, alas, even after you have “verified’ your claim by submitting your personal details, you will still not receive the Publix gift card. There are no gift cards.

Giveaway scams like this continue to be very common on Facebook.  Many well-known brands and companies have been targeted in such scams.

For the record, Publix was founded in 1930, so it is not celebrating 100 years of service in 2018 as claimed in the scam post. And, the official Publix Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified” icon, makes no mention of the supposed gift card giveaway.

An example of the scam post:

Publix Free Gift Card Facebook Scam

Publix is giving everyone FREE $75 OFF Gift Coupon to celebrate 100th years of success!

Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,