Message being shared on Facebook claims that UK supermarket chain ASDA is giving away £85 vouchers to users as a means of celebrating its anniversary.
The message is fraudulent and those who participate will certainly not receive any ASDA vouchers. This is a typical Facebook scam designed to trick people into spamming their friends and divulging their personal information via dodgy ‘offer’ and ‘reward’ websites.
According to this message, which is currently being shared on Facebook, you can get hold of a free £85 voucher from UK based supermarket chain ASDA. The message features an image supposedly depicting one of the free vouchers and urges you to click to ‘get yours here’.
However, the post is fraudulent and has no connection to ASDA. No vouchers are being given away.
If you fall for the ruse and click on the message in the hope of claiming your free gift card, you will be taken to a bogus webpage that has been built to look like it is part of Facebook. The web page claims that to get your free coupon, you must first share the material on Facebook and then send a link to the bogus webpage to 15 of your Facebook friends. If you comply and follow these ‘2 simple steps’, you will play right into the hands of the scammers by promoting their fraudulent material in your name. Your friends may trust the fake prize claim because you have posted it and share the scam as well. Via this simple mechanism, these fake prize posts can spread very rapidly across Facebook, gathering in many new victims as they travel.
Moreover, even after you share and send the link as instructed, you will still not get to claim the elusive gift voucher. After you complete the outlined steps and click the ‘Get your voucher’ button, a popup window will appear that claims that you must verify your entry by participating in one or more surveys or offers.
The window will contain a list of links. Clicking the links opens various ‘offer’ and ‘reward’ websites the promise the chance to win prizes in exchange for supplying your name, phone numbers, home address, and email address. But, fine print on the sites will state that, by entering your information, you are agreeing that the information can be shared with site sponsors and other interested parties. So, soon after participating, you will begin receiving phone calls, emails, text messages and surface letters that try to get you to buy various products and services you probably neither want nor need.
And, meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake ASDA post and page will earn commission fees each time somebody provides their information on one of the linked websites.
Scammers are currently churning out multiple versions of this scam each claiming to be giving away vouchers or gift cards from various well-known companies. Other versions have falsely claimed that Aldi, Kroger, and JCPenney are giving away free gift cards. Except for the company names and logos and other minor details such as the value of the supposed gift card, many of these scam attempts are virtually identical. Many of the scams falsely claim that the giveaway is to celebrate the targeted company’s birthday or anniversary.
If one of these scam messages comes your way, do not click on it. And, let the person who shared it or sent it to you know that the message is a 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!