According to a post currently being shared across Facebook, you can get a free ‘lifetime pass’ to KFC by clicking a link. Supposedly, this ‘limited time offer’ will allow you to ‘enjoy KFC for lifetime’ and is a way for the company to celebrate its 85th Anniversary.
However, the post has no association whatsoever with KFC and those who click the link and participate will receive not so much as a chicken nugget, let alone a free lifetime pass. In fact, the post is a typical Facebook survey scam designed to trick you into spamming your friends and Facebook groups and divulging your personal information via dodgy online surveys.
If you click the link in the hope of getting your lifetime of free chicken, you will first be taken to a fraudulent web page designed to look like it is part of Facebook. The page claims that, to get your free pass, you must share the page link with your Facebook friends and send it to 5 Facebook groups you belong to.
After you spam your friends and groups as requested, the page will display a ‘final step’ popup that claims that you must complete a survey before receiving your prize. The popup will host a list of survey links for you to click. The links open various survey websites that promise further prizes in exchange for filling in surveys and supplying your name, home address, email address, home phone number, and mobile phone number. But, fine print on the sites will explain that, by participating, you are giving permission for your personal information to be shared with site sponsors and third-party marketing groups. Thus, you will soon find that you begin receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls, text messages, emails, and surface letters promoting various products and services.
The scammers who created the fake KFC page and posts will earn money via affiliate marketing programs each time a victim provides their information on one of the survey sites.
Survey scams like this one are very common on Facebook. Be wary of any post or page that claims that you can win vouchers, coupons, gift cards, holidays, cars, airline tickets, or other valuable prizes just by liking, sharing and participating in online surveys.
Last updated: January 25, 2016
First published: January 25, 2016
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!