Tesco '£100 Back to School Coupon' Facebook Scam
According to a post that is currently being shared across Facebook, you can get a 'back to school' Tesco coupon worth £100 by clicking on the post. The post features a clickable image depicting a Tesco voucher.
However, the message is a scam. People who participate will not receive any voucher and the supposed promotion has no connection to Tesco.
In fact, the post is a typical Facebook scam designed to accumulate likes and shares and trick you into participating in dodgy online surveys.
If you click on the post, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that claims that, in order to get the promised coupon, you must share the page, click a link to like an associated Facebook Page, and then send the same message to ten Facebook Groups (see screenshot at bottom of page).
These steps ensure that the scam post will be seen and shared by many Facebook users, thereby gaining the scammers many new victims and many new Page likes.
But, even after you share, like, and send to ten groups as instructed, you will still not receive any coupon. Instead, a popup message will claim that you must verify your claim by participating in one or more online surveys. Links in the popup will lead to various third-party survey websites.
The sites will try to get you to supply your name and contact details, ostensibly as a means of entering further prize draws. However, fine print on the sites will state that your personal information will be shared with 'site sponsors' and marketing companies. Thus, you will soon begin receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls, emails, and surface letters promoting various products and services.
In some cases, the survey site will attempt to trick you into subscribing to a very expensive SMS 'service' that will charge you several dollars for every message it sends you.
And, no matter how many surveys you complete, you will never get the promised Tesco coupons.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake promotion will earn commission fees each time somebody provides their information on one of the survey websites.
Survey and like-farming scams like this one are very common. Be wary of any supposed promotion that claims that you can win vouchers, coupons, or valuable prizes such as cars or airline tickets just by liking and sharing and participating in online surveys.
Last updated: August 19, 2015
First published: August 19, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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