According to a post that is circulating rapidly on Facebook, UK supermarket chain Morrisons is giving Facebook users a free £150 coupon to celebrate Christmas.
The message features an image depicting one of the coupons complete with the Morrisons logo and supposed terms and conditions. It urges you to click to get your free coupon.
However, the post is a scam. It has no connection to Morrisons and those who participate will never receive the promised coupon.
If you click on the post, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that first asks you to complete a survey about your previous experiences with Morrisons. After you complete the survey, the site pretends to check your answers before confirming that you are eligible to receive a coupon. In reality, the site will tell you that you are eligible no matter what survey answers you provide.
The fake coupon claim page then instructs you to share and like the post on Facebook and add the comment “Thanks for my coupon”, ostensibly as a means of verifying your claim. Completing these steps helps the scammers by promoting their fake giveaway post across Facebook.
After you have completed the verification steps, you will be presented with a list of links to click. Supposedly, you must click at least one of the links and follow further instructions before getting your free coupon.
The links open various suspect websites that ask you to provide your name and contact details in exchange for the chance to win further prizes. But, in fact, the personal information you provide will be shared with dodgy marketing companies who will soon flood you with irritating and unwanted phone calls, emails, text messages, and letters.
The scammers who created the fake giveaway will earn a commission each time a victim submits personal details on one of the dodgy websites.
And no matter how many links you click and how many times you submit your personal information, you will never receive the promised Morrison coupon.
Coupon giveaway scams like this are very common on Facebook. Scammers have used the names and logos of many well-known companies around the world in such fake Facebook giveaways.
If one comes your way, don’t be tempted to participate. If you do, you are exposing your friends and family to scammers and aiding and abetting online criminals. Don’t do it!
For the record, the genuine Morrisons Facebook Page makes no mention of the supposed coupon giveaway.