According to a post that is currently appearing on Facebook, retailer Tesco is giving away a free £100 voucher to everyone. The post urges you to click to get your free vouchers.
Post is a Scam — No Vouchers Are Being Given Away
However, the post is fraudulent and has no connection to Tesco. And the supposed voucher giveaway is just the bait used to trick people into sharing the scam with their friends and divulging their personal information.
If you click the link, you will first be asked to fill in a brief survey about your Tesco shopping habits. Next, you will be taken to a fake page that claims that you must now share the supposed prize post on Facebook, add a comment, and send a direct link to 15 of your friends.
By stipulating that participants must first like, share, comment, and send links, the scammers ensure that their bogus giveaway post is seen by a great many Facebook users.
Links Open Scammy Survey Websites That Want Your Personal Details
Participants who click the final claim button as instructed will then be tricked into divulging their personal information on suspect survey websites. Clicking the link displays a popup window that contains a list of links.
The links lead to various third party websites that promise the chance of further prizes for filling in surveys or offers. However, as a condition of entry, the websites will ask uses to supply their name, email address, home address and phone numbers. But, alas, fine-print on the pages will note that any information provided will be shared with third-party marketers and “site sponsors”.
Thus, participants will soon begin receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls, emails, and letters promoting various products and services.
Scammers Earn a Commission When You Supply your Details
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake Tesco voucher promotion will earn commissions via underhand affiliate marketings schemes each time people provide their details on one of the survey sites.
And, no matter how many surveys users complete, they will never get the promised Tesco vouchers.
Such Scams are Very Common on Facebook
Like-farming and survey scams like this one are very common on Facebook. Tesco’s name and logo have been hijacked several times before for use in such scams. Note that the genuine Tesco Facebook Page features Facebook’s blue ‘verified’ icon to prove its authenticity.
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!