According to a post that has been hurtling around Facebook at speed in recent days, you can get a free Tim Hortons hamper just by sharing and commenting.
Supposedly, the hamper contains a $60 Tim Hortons gift voucher along with “surprises that will make your heart flutter”. The post claims that you must share and comment by a specified date and time and then click a link to validate your entry.
However, the post has no connection to Tim Hortons, and no amount of sharing and commenting will get you the promised hamper or any other prize.
The post is a Facebook giveaway scam designed to promote a fraudulent Facebook Page and trick you into submitting your personal and financial information on suspect websites. Like similar scams, the post falsely claims that the giveaway is to customers as the company celebrates an anniversary.
Clicking the link takes you to a scam website that pretends to validate your entry before claiming that you have won the Tim Hortons hamper.
Next, the site claims that you can win further prizes by clicking a button and completing a brief survey. After completing the survey and participating in a phoney prize draw, you are told that you have won a new Samsung phone. But, to get your new phone, you are told that you must enter your credit card details to pay a small shipping fee. The site also asks for other personal information such as your name, address, and contact details.
Any site that uses deceptive tactics such as fake giveaways should never be trusted with your credit card details are any other personal information.
Please don’t be tempted to participate. You have zero chance of winning anything, and you may end up becoming a victim of credit card fraud and identity theft. Furthermore, by sharing and commenting, you also expose your Facebook friends and family to the scam.
Note that the cut off date and time for entering varies in different versions of the scam. At the time of writing, the scam Facebook Page promoting the fake giveaway had already been taken down. However, new versions may appear in the coming days.
An example of the scam post:
Tim Hortons is going to celebrate its 57th anniversary on March 24, 2021, and In order to help our loyal customers every single person who has shared & commented before 5PM Wednesday will be sent one of these hampers containing a $60 gift-card plus surprises that will make your heart flutter! Make sure you validate your entry @ [Link Removed]
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!