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Whole Foods Market ‘Free $75 Coupon’ Facebook Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

A post circulating via Facebook claims that you can share and comment on a video to get a free $75 coupon from American supermarket chain Whole Foods Market.

The post, which comes from a Facebook Page called “Whole Foods Market’s Club”, claims that the company is giving EVERYONE a coupon as a means of celebrating its 37th anniversary.

The post instructs you to share the video, add the comment “Thanks”, and then click a link to confirm your entry. It promises that your free coupon will be sent to your inbox within 2 hours.

However, both the post and the originating Facebook Page are fraudulent. Despite its name and logo, the Facebook Page is in no way associated with Whole Foods Market and it is not giving away any coupons.  Those who participate have no chance whatsoever of getting one of the promised coupons and may be tricked into divulging their personal information on suspect “survey” websites.

The genuine Whole Foods Market Facebook Page has Facebook’s blue “verified” icon beside its name to prove it’s authenticity. And, the genuine Page is called “Whole Foods Market” not “Whole Foods Market’s Club”.

Anniversary coupon giveaway scams like this one are very common on Facebook.  You can find out more about how these scams work here.

An example of the scam post:

Whole Foods Coupon Giveaway Scam

Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,