According to a post that is circulating rapidly on Facebook, UK supermarket chain Morrisons is giving everyone a £50 coupon to celebrate its anniversary.
Supposedly, all you need to do to get your coupon is share the link on Facebook. The post claims that the giveaway offer is for “today only”.
However, the post is fraudulent and it has no connection to Morrisons. Those who are tricked into participating will never receive the promised coupon. There are no coupons.
In fact, the post is a typical Facebook giveaway scam designed to fool people into submitting their personal details on suspect websites.
If you click on the post, you will be taken to a bogus website that asks you to complete a short survey about your previous shopping experiences at Morrisons. The site will then pretend to check your answers before declaring you a winner of one of the coupons. But, in fact, no matter what answers people provide, they will always be told that they have won.
Next, you will be instructed to click a share button, which spreads the scam on Facebook and exposes your friends and family.
After sharing, you will be prompted to click a “claim” link to get your coupon. But, you still won’t get your promised prize. Instead, you will be redirected to another dodgy website that promises the chance to win further prizes in exchange for entering your name and contact details.
All of the information you submit will be shared with marketing companies who will subsequently bombard you with all manner of dodgy “offers” and “deals”.
And, no matter how many offer sites you visit, you will never get your Morrisons coupon.
Scams like this are very common on Facebook. In fact, scammers have used the Morrisons name and logo on several other fake giveaways in recent years. And, they have targetted many other companies in very similar giveaway scams.
A screenshot of the scam post:
A screenshot of the scam website:
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!