Circulating post claims that you can click to get a free voucher from UK retailer Marks & Spencer.
The post is fraudulent and has no connection to Marks & Spencer. Those who participate will never receive the promised voucher. The post is a scam designed to trick you into divulging personal details on suspect survey websites.
According to a post being widely distributed across Facebook, you can get yourself a free voucher valued at £100 from UK retailer Marks & Spencer. The post features an image depicting several Marks & Spencer gift vouchers and urges you to click to grab your voucher.
However, the post has no connection to Marks & Spencer and those who participate will never receive the promised voucher. In fact, the post is a typical Facebook survey scam designed to trick you into divulging personal details on suspect survey websites.
If you click the post in the hope of getting a voucher, you will be taken to a fraudulent “claim” webpage built to look like it is part of Facebook. The webpage instructs you to firstly share the page on Facebook and then send a link to the scam page to 5 Facebook Groups you belong to. Of course, following these “two simple steps” turns you into a spammer for the fraudsters operating the fake giveaway and can potentially expose your friends and fellow group members to the same scam.
And, even after you spam your friends as requested, you will still not get the promised voucher. Instead, when you click the “claim your voucher” button, you will be taken to a second fraudulent webpage that appears to host a claim form.
However, the claim form will be obscured by a popup window that tells you that you must complete a verification by participating in a survey. The popup includes links to several available surveys. The links open various survey websites that use the promise of further prizes to get you to supply your name, email address, home address and other personal information.
But, fine print on the sites will state that, by supplying your information, you are giving permission for it to be shared with site sponsors and third-party marketers. So, soon after participating, you will likely start receiving annoying phone calls, emails, and surface letters from companies trying to get you to buy various products and services.
And, the scammers who created the bogus Marks & Spencer promotion will earn commissions each time somebody provides their information via one of the survey websites.
Such scam attempts continue to be very common on Facebook. The scammers use the names of many well-known companies to trick people into participating. You should be very cautious of any Facebook post that claims that you can get store vouchers or win valuable prizes just by sharing, liking, and filling in surveys.
Last updated: September 8, 2016
First published: November 9, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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!