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Scam Facebook Posts Lure Victims With Promise of Free McDonald’s Meals

According to various posts that are currently circulating on Facebook, you can get free McDonald’s meals just by sharing and commenting.

The posts, which feature the McDonald’s logo and product graphics, claim that every person who shares and comments with the next 24 hours will get 3 large Big Mac meals for free. The messages urge you to hurry up because the supposed offer is only valid until a specified date.

However, the posts are fraudulent. They are not associated with McDonald’s and, no matter how much sharing and commenting you do, you will never receive the promised free food.

The posts are scams designed to promote bogus Facebook Pages and profiles to a wider audience. Using such tactics, the scammers can effectively grow their audience and significantly increase the potential reach of future fraudulent posts.

After they have thus created a wider pool of potential victims, the scammers can begin promoting other types of scams that will generate revenue for them.

New versions of the McDonald’s giveaway posts with new “valid till” dates keep appearing on Facebook.  If one crosses your news feed, don’t be tempted to participate. If you do so, you will be helping Facebook scammers target your friends and family. And, to reiterate, you will never receive the promised Macca meals.

 

No, Morrisons is NOT Giving Away Free £150 Coupons on Facebook.

According to a post that is circulating rapidly on Facebook, UK supermarket chain Morrisons is giving Facebook users a free £150 coupon to celebrate Christmas. 

The message features an image depicting one of the coupons complete with the Morrisons logo and supposed terms and conditions. It urges you to click to get your free coupon.

However, the post is a scam. It has no connection to Morrisons and those who participate will never receive the promised coupon.

If you click on the post, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that first asks you to complete a survey about your previous experiences with Morrisons. After you complete the survey, the site pretends to check your answers before confirming that you are eligible to receive a coupon. In reality, the site will tell you that you are eligible no matter what survey answers you provide.

The fake coupon claim page then instructs you to share and like the post on Facebook and add the comment “Thanks for my coupon”, ostensibly as a means of verifying your claim.  Completing these steps helps the scammers by promoting their fake giveaway post across Facebook.

After you have completed the verification steps, you will be presented with a list of links to click.  Supposedly, you must click at least one of the links and follow further instructions before getting your free coupon.

The links open various suspect websites that ask you to provide your name and contact details in exchange for the chance to win further prizes.  But, in fact, the personal information you provide will be shared with dodgy marketing companies who will soon flood you with irritating and unwanted phone calls, emails, text messages, and letters.

The scammers who created the fake giveaway will earn a commission each time a victim submits personal details on one of the dodgy websites.

And no matter how many links you click and how many times you submit your personal information, you will never receive the promised Morrison coupon.

Coupon giveaway scams like this are very common on Facebook. Scammers have used the names and logos of many well-known companies around the world in such fake Facebook giveaways. 

If one comes your way, don’t be tempted to participate. If you do, you are exposing your friends and family to scammers and aiding and abetting online criminals.  Don’t do it!

For the record, the genuine Morrisons Facebook Page makes no mention of the supposed coupon giveaway.

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