According to a post that is currently spreading on Facebook, Krispy Kreme is giving a free box of doughnuts to every single person who shares and comments within the next 24 hours.
The post features the Krispy Kreme logo along with images of the doughnut-filled boxes that participants will supposedly receive.
However, the post is fraudulent. It is not associated with Krispy Kreme and those who participate will never receive the promised box of doughnuts.
In fact, the post is just a scam designed to promote a bogus Facebook Page. By tricking people into sharing and commenting, the scammers can quickly build a much larger audience for their fake Facebook Page.
They can then use the Page to launch further scams, this time to a considerably larger pool of potential victims. Alternatively, they may sell the page on the black market to other scammers who will use it for their own nefarious purposes.
Krispy Kreme does regularly give away doughnuts as promotions. However, the company would certainly not give away a full box of doughnuts to every single person who liked and shared a Facebook post. If they did, the company would find itself obligated to give away hundreds of thousands of boxes of their products. Such a promotion would be cripplingly expensive, even for a large company like Krispy Kreme.
Giveaway scams are very common on Facebook, and scammers have targetted Krispy Kreme fans several times in the past via similar fake giveaway posts.
For the record, the official Krispy Kreme Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified” icon beside its name, makes no mention of such a massive giveaway.
An example of the scam post:
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!