According to various posts that have appeared on Facebook newsfeeds in recent days, Krispy Kreme is giving EVERYONE a free box of twelve doughnuts (or donuts) as a means of celebrating the company’s anniversary.
Users are urged to click to get their coupon.
But, alas, no amount of liking, sharing, commenting, or clicking will get you any free Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The posts are scams designed to promote dodgy Facebook Pages and accumulate large numbers of Page likes as quickly as possible.
Some versions also trick users into divulging their personal details on scammy third-party survey websites.
Some of the scams are using Facebook live video as a means of reaching even more potential victims.
The terrible realisation that this too is a scam may be doubly traumatic for doughnut lovers who were recently promised a free box of Dunkin Donuts in a very similar Facebook scam.
An example of the scam post:
Krispy Kreme is providing a free Dozen Doughnut Box to everyone! to celebrate 80th Anniversary! their birthday.
Get your coupon here – 1 coupon per person
The following Hoax-Slayer YouTube videos provide more information about these types of scam:
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!