Circulating Facebook posts claim that you can click to get free coupons from European discount supermarket chain Lidl. Supposedly, Lidl is giving away the coupons as a means of celebrating its anniversary.
The posts are not associated with Lidl in any way and no coupons are being given away. Those who are tricked into participating have zero chance of winning anything at all. Only the scammers win.
These Lidl coupon giveaway posts are Facebook scams designed to trick you into first spamming your friends with more of the fake promotions and then divulging your personal information on dodgy “survey” and “offer” websites. There are currently several versions of the scam post being shared on Facebook. Some, like the example shown below, offer £85 coupons. Other versions claim to be giving away coupons worth £150.
Lidl has confirmed that the posts are scams via comments on the official Lidl UK Facebook Page.
This Hoax-Slayer YouTube Channel video covers a similar survey scam attempt that promises participants the chance to win a Range Rover rather than Lidl store vouchers. Although the – non-existent – prize offered as bait in these bogus prize posts can vary considerably, the underlying scam is the same.
Be aware that there are a great many scams like this one on Facebook.
Last updated: October 8, 2016
First published: October 8, 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!