Post being shared on Facebook claims that US supermarket chain Whole Foods Market are giving away grocery coupons worth $275 to everyone who clicks on the link.
The post is not associated with Whole Foods Market in any way. And, the claim that Whole Foods is giving everyone free $275 coupons is a lie designed to trick people into clicking. Those who do participate will win nothing whatsoever.
This is just one more version of an ongoing “anniversary giveaway” scam that has used the names and details of many companies all around the world. The goal of the scammers who create these fake giveaway posts is to trick people into supplying their personal information on dodgy “survey” and “offer” websites. The information provided will be shared with unscrupulous marketing companies who will later bombard their victims with unwanted and annoying phone calls, emails, text messages, and letters. The scammers earn commissions each time somebody discloses information on one of the survey sites.
Whole Foods Market has confirmed that the post is fraudulent via comments on its official Facebook Page.
Last updated: November 8, 2016
First published: November 8, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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!