Links are appearing on Facebook that claim Kroger is providing free $100 coupons to celebrate its 125th anniversary for anyone who clicks the link.
This is a standard survey scam using a non-existent prize to bait victim’s to spammy survey websites that are designed to harvest and subsequently sell your contact information to marketing companies.
An example can be seen below –
Kroger is providing a free $100 Coupon to everyone! to celebrate their 125th Anniversary!
Get yours coupon here – 1 coupon per person
These scams all work in essentially the same way –
1. Falsely claim to offer free gift vouchers for various well-known brands.
2. Tell Facebook users that in order to get the free gift voucher they must first share a link offering the gift voucher on their Facebook timelines for their friends to see and click on.
3. Then force the Facebook user to complete a series of spammy surveys designed to harvest personal information that is then sold on to marketing companies. Only then will the Facebook user realise that no gift vouchers exist.
Most Facebook users will come across these scams when one of their Facebook friends share the link as described in step 2.
As is always the case with these scams, there are no free prizes on offer, and this is just a ruse to lure Facebook users into handing over their contact information to spammy marketing companies. Those who fall for these scams have complained of being bombarded with unsolicited spam through SMS, post, email and even receive marketing phone calls.
And in no cases do those who click on these links receive what was originally on offer.
We recommend not clicking on links that claim to offer free gift vouchers, especially links that claim this is being done to celebrate a company’s anniversary. This is a popular hallmark of a scam. Remember, while companies to occasionally orchestrate legitimate promotions, these are done on the official websites or Facebook pages belonging to those companies.
Always avoid schemes that claim to offer free prizes but force you to share content on your Facebook timeline or give away your contact information on third party websites before you can claim your prize.
We offer more information on these scams here.