A post currently circulating on Facebook is claiming that US retailer Kroger is giving every family a $200 off coupon as a means of celebrating Black Friday.
The post, which comes from a Facebook Page called “Kroger Club”, claims that you can get your free coupon just by liking, sharing, and adding the comment “done”.
Supposedly, your coupon will be sent to you via Facebook after you like, share, and comment.
However, the post is a scam. It has no connection to Kroger and nobody who participates will receive any valid coupons.
By tricking people into liking, sharing, and commenting, the scammers can effectively promote their fraudulent Facebook Page and gain many new Page likes and followers. They can then use the fake Page to launch further scams, this time to a much larger pool of potential victims.
They may also send direct inbox messages to people who participate that try to involve them in further scams.
There is no mention of the supposed giveaway on the genuine Kroger Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified” icon to prove the Page’s authenticity.
If this fake coupon post comes your way, do not participate. And let the person who shared it know that the post is a scam.
An example of the scam post:
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!