According to a post being shared on Facebook, European discount supermarket chain Lidl is rewarding 150 lucky families with free groceries for a year.
Supposedly, the giveaway is to celebrate the company’s anniversary. The post, which features the Lidl logo and a photograph showing rows of grocery boxes, asks you to share and comment for a chance to win.
However, the post is yet another Facebook like-farming scam. It has no connection to Lidl and those who participate have no chance whatsoever of winning the promised prize. No groceries are being given away.
The purpose of the scam is simply to increase the popularity of the bogus Lidl Club Facebook Page. By tricking people into sharing and commenting, the scammers effectively promote their Page across Facebook and gain many new likes.
Later, the scammers may use the fake Facebook Page to launch survey scams or other types of fraudulent activity, this time to a much wider potential audience.
Or, the Page may be sold to other scammers via the black market. Facebook Pages with large numbers of likes can be sold for significant sums.
Scams like this are very common on Facebook. Often, as soon as one of the pages is taken down, another will be created to replace it.
Note that the genuine Lidl Facebook Page, which has Facebook’s blue verified icon to prove its authenticity, makes no mention of the supposed grocery giveaway.
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For our anniversary this year we have decided to do something a little different. We will be rewarding 150 lucky families with free groceries for one full year. All you must do is share and comment below by January 31st for your chance. Like our page for updates. Good luck!
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!