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: