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Kroger Warns of ‘Free Check’ Scam on Facebook

by Brett M. Christensen

US retailer Kroger is warning Facebook users about a new scam that is supposedly offering a free check valued at $50 to “everyone”.  

The scam circulates as a Facebook post featuring a photograph of one of the supposed $50 checks. People who click the post in the hope of getting their check will first be asked to spam all of their friends with the same fake giveaway.

Then, they will be told that they must click a link complete a survey before receiving their free check.

Once on the survey website, they will be asked to supply their name and contact information. But, alas, the information victims supply will be shared with unscrupulous marketing companies who will inundate them with unwanted phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters.

Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake giveaway will earn commissions each time somebody provides information on one of the survey sites.

Of course, the post has no connection to Kroger and those who participate will never get the promised checks. 

Here is the scam warning from the official Kroger Facebook Page:

This type of scam is very common, although scammers more usually claim to be giving away coupons or vouchers rather than checks.  

Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,