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Facebook scam promises free groceries

Facebook scam promises free groceries
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Facebook has more than 1.44 billion users, which makes it a hacker's paradise for posting scams. Even if only 1% of users fall for the scam at first, that's still tens of millions of potential victims. And once they get hooked by the scam, it's more likely some of their friends will as well, followed by those friends' friends and so on.

Tell me if this sounds like a good deal to you: Spend $110 at Kroger, one of the nation's largest grocery chains, and get $100 in free groceries. All you have to do is share that same coupon on your Facebook page. Here's a photo of the coupon. Do you notice anything wrong with it?

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Sure, this looks like a real Kroger Coupon. It displays the company logo, there aren't many obvious typos (but there are a few) or other telltale signs of a scam. However, I noticed right away the absence of a barcode. These days every coupon features a barcode to be scanned at checkout that automatically credits the coupon's value to your total.

If you were to click on this offer (which I highly discourage you from doing), you would be directed to this screen, asking you to share the coupon with your Facebook friends.

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Simply put, DON'T DO IT! They say the best things in life are free, but all this is, is a free scam.

Here's the official post from Kroger's Facebook page, denouncing the fake coupon and scam:

Attention Kroger Customers: There is currently an unauthorized “Get $100 in Free Groceries when you spend $110 or more...

Posted by Kroger on Monday, June 15, 2015

It reads:

Attention Kroger Customers: There is currently an unauthorized “Get $100 in Free Groceries when you spend $110 or more in one transaction” offer circulating on Facebook. This giveaway is not affiliated with or supported by the Kroger Co. We recommend not engaging with the site that the offer links to, or providing any personal information. Our team is actively working with Facebook as well as the domain service provider to address the concern.

Needless to say, this scam has already tricked a few thousand people. Please share this with any Kroger customer you might know so they don't fall victim.

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Source: WLWT
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