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According to a message that is currently circulating via cross-platform instant messaging service WhatsApp, Pizza Hut is giving everyone 2 large pizzas as a means of celebrating “60 years of quality service”. The message urges you to click a link to get your free pizzas.
Here’s what the message looks like:
Pizzahut is giving away 2 FREE Large Pizza to everyone to celebrate its 60 years of quality service. Get free pizza at: [Link removed]
However, the message is a scam. It has no connection to Pizza Hut and those who participate will never receive any free pizzas.
If you do click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that claims that, in order to get the free pizzas, you must first share the message with your WhatsApp contacts. Via this ruse, the scammers ensure that their fraudulent messages spread rapidly and gain many new victims.
After sharing as instructed, you will be told that you must click further links to fill in one or more surveys to complete your entry and get your free pizzas.
The survey websites ask you to provide your name and contact details. But, the information you provide will be shared with third-party marketing companies, so you will soon begin receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters peddling a range of dodgy products and services.
And, regardless of how many surveys you complete, you will never get the promised pizzas.
Pizza Hut India has published a warning about the scam via its Facebook Page:
Note that several versions of the scam post have been distributed in recent weeks. The text and links in the messages may vary. And, very similar scams have also appeared on Facebook.
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!