According to a post currently being distributed across Facebook, you can get a free Domino’s pizza by clicking a link in the message.
However, the post is a scam designed to trick you into spamming your friends with the same fake giveaway message and providing your personal information via dodgy survey websites. The supposed offer is not associated with Domino’s and those who participate will not receive a free pizza.
If you click the post, you will be taken to a fake Facebook page that instructs you to share the post with your Facebook friends as the first step towards getting your free pizza. This step ensures that the bogus giveaway spreads quickly across Facebook as more and more people see and share the post.
After sharing, you will be instructed to click a link to claim your pizza prize. The link will take you to an ‘unlock voucher’ webpage. However, a ‘security’ popup that appears on the page will claim that you must first choose an option from a list of available offers or surveys, supposedly as a means of combating spam (see screenshot at bottom of page).
The links open various third-party websites that promise further prizes in exchange for providing your name and contact details. But, fine print on the pages will state that your personal information will be shared with ‘site sponsors’ and other marketers. Thus, soon after supplying your information, you will begin receiving unwanted and annoying marketing emails, phone calls, and surface letters. In some cases, you may be tricked into subscribing to very expensive SMS ‘services’ that charge you several dollars for every text message they send you.
But, no matter how many surveys or offers you complete, you will never get the promised pizza.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake giveaway will earn commission fees every time a user supplies personal information on one of the listed websites.
This type of scam is very common on Facebook. Be wary of any supposed giveaway that claims that you must share and like a post and participate in a survey or offer before you can enter to win.
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!