According to a post that is being shared on Facebook, Pizza Hut is giving away 2 free large pizzas to all as a means of celebrating its 75th anniversary.
The post, which features a coupon with the Pizza Hut logo, urges you to click to claim your free pizzas.
However, the post has no connection to Pizza Hut and those who choose to participate have no chance whatsoever of getting any free pizzas.
A screenshot of the scam post:
In fact, the post is a typical Facebook survey scam designed to trick you into spamming your Facebook friends and divulging your personal information on suspect websites.
If you click on the post, you will first be asked to complete a survey about your pizza eating habits. The scam website will then pretend to check your answers for eligibility. In reality, you will always be selected as a “winner” regardless of which answers you provide.
Next, you will be told that you must share and like the post on Facebook and enter the comment “Thanks for my pizza” before you get your free pizzas. Completing these steps ensures that the scam post spreads further across Facebook, duping many more people as it travels.
After completing these steps, you will then be prompted to click one of several links, ostensibly to verify your claim.
The links open various websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for filling in surveys, registering on the site, and providing your personal details.
The information you provide will be shared with “site sponsors” and marketing companies who will subsequently inundate you with phone calls, emails, text messages, and letters that try to sell you a range of dodgy products and services.
The scammers who created the fake pizza giveaway will earn money each time one of their victims signs up on one of the websites.
For the record, Pizza Hut was founded in 1958, so 2018 is not the company’s 75th anniversary as claimed in the scam post.
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!