Note: A 2019 version of this scam is now circulating. For details, see:
Facebook Scam Post Promises EVERYONE Free Pizza From Little Caesars
A post being shared on Facebook is claiming that pizza chain Little Caesars is giving EVERYONE 3 free large pizzas as a means of celebrating the company’s 59th anniversary.
The post features a Little Caesars-branded image that supposedly depicts a coupon for the free pizzas.
Here’s a screenshot of one of the scam posts:
However, the post is fraudulent and is not associated with Little Caesars in any way. People who participate in the supposed giveaway will never receive the promised free pizza coupon.
Little Caesars has dismissed the giveaway as fraudulent via a post on the company’s official Facebook Page.
If you click on the fake giveaway post, you will be taken to a bogus website that offers congratulations for gaining the chance to get free pizzas. It asks you to complete a short survey to claim your prize:
No matter what answers you give, you will always be chosen as a “winner”. After completing the survey you will be taken to a second web page that instructs you to share on Facebook and add the comment “Thank you for my Pizza”.
Completing this step effectively promotes the scam across Facebook and exposes all of your Facebook friends to the scam as well.
After you have shared and commented as instructed, you will be presented with a list of links to click. You’ll be told that you must click one of the links and follow the instructions to get your free pizza coupon.
The links open various highly suspect websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for providing your personal information. However, if you proceed, you are in fact giving the site permission to share your information with “site sponsors” and dodgy marketing companies.
So, you will soon be inundated with unwanted phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters promoting a range of dodgy products and services. In some cases, you may inadvertently sign yourself up to an expensive SMS or newsletter subscription that will charge several dollars to your account each time they send you a message.
Little Caesars has been targeted before in such giveaway scams as have countless other well-known brands and companies around the world. Be wary of any Facebook post that promises prizes just for sharing, liking, commenting, and filling in surveys.