According to various posts that are currently circulating on Facebook, you can get free McDonald’s meals just by sharing and commenting.
The posts, which feature the McDonald’s logo and product graphics, claim that every person who shares and comments with the next 24 hours will get 3 large Big Mac meals for free. The messages urge you to hurry up because the supposed offer is only valid until a specified date.
However, the posts are fraudulent. They are not associated with McDonald’s and, no matter how much sharing and commenting you do, you will never receive the promised free food.
The posts are scams designed to promote bogus Facebook Pages and profiles to a wider audience. Using such tactics, the scammers can effectively grow their audience and significantly increase the potential reach of future fraudulent posts.
After they have thus created a wider pool of potential victims, the scammers can begin promoting other types of scams that will generate revenue for them.
New versions of the McDonald’s giveaway posts with new “valid till” dates keep appearing on Facebook. If one crosses your news feed, don’t be tempted to participate. If you do so, you will be helping Facebook scammers target your friends and family. And, to reiterate, you will never receive the promised Macca meals.
Read more about Facebook Giveaway Scams
A screenshot of one of the scam posts
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!