According to a post currently being distributed across Facebook, you can follow a link to receive a 40% off voucher from US retailer Kroger. The post features a clickable image of the supposed voucher and includes the Kroger logo.
However, the post is not associated with Kroger and those who participate will not receive any vouchers. In fact, the post is a typical Facebook survey scam designed to trick you into spamming your friends and divulging your personal information via dodgy survey websites.
If you do click the post, you will be taken to a fake Kroger Facebook page that asks you to share, comment, and like to get the promised voucher.
But, by sharing, liking, and commenting, you are ensuring that your Facebook friends are exposed to the scam as well.
After following the outlined steps, you will be redirected to a second scam page where you can supposedly collect your voucher. However a popup window will claim that, before getting your voucher, you must unlock the ‘premium content’ by participating in one or more surveys. The popup includes several links for you to click.
The links lead to various third party websites that promise further prizes in exchange for filling in surveys and providing your name and contact details. However, fine print on the sites will state that, by participating, you are agreeing to receive marketing material from ‘site sponsors’ and third-party marketing companies. Thus, soon after participating, you will begin receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls, emails, text messages, and surface letters from companies peddling a variety of products and services. And, no matter how many surveys you complete, you will never get the promised 40% off voucher.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake post and page will receive affiliate commissions each and every time somebody provides their information on one of the survey sites.
The genuine Kroger Facebook Page has warned users about the scam via the following post:
Attention Kroger Customers: There is currently an unauthorized “40% off all purchases in store” offer circulating. This giveaway is not affiliated with or supported by the Kroger Co. in any way. We recommend not engaging with the site(s) that offer links to the coupon, or providing them with any personal information. Our team is actively working with Facebook and domain service providers to address the concern.
Survey scams like this one continue to be very common on Facebook. Be wary of any Facebook post that claims that you can receive store coupons or vouchers or win valuable prizes just by sharing and liking and participating in online surveys.
Last updated: December 18, 2015
First published: December 18, 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!