Facebook Survey Scam - Free Tesco Voucher
According to this message, which is being widely distributed on Facebook, you can claim a free Tesco Christmas voucher worth £74.99 by clicking a link in the post.
However, the message is not an official Tesco promotion. In fact, it is a typical survey scam.
Users who fall for the ruse and follow the link will first be tricked into spamming the same fake promotion to their friends by liking, sharing and commenting on a bogus Tesco promotions page.
Next, they will be told they must complete a survey or offer before receiving their free voucher. Some of the survey pages ask users to provide personal information including name, address and contact details, ostensibly to allow them to go in the draw for a prize.
Others claim that users must provide their mobile phone number - thereby subscribing to absurdly expensive text messaging services - in order to get the results of a survey or go in the running for a prize.
No matter how many offers or surveys they complete, or what services they subscribe to, victims will never receive the promised vouchers.
The scammers who create these bogus promotions will earn commissions via suspect affiliate marketing schemes each and every time a victim completes an offer or participates in a survey. Victims may also be faced with large phone bills for unwanted mobile phone services and, because they have provided name and contact details, they may be inundated with unwanted promotional emails, phone calls and junk mail.
Survey scams like this one are very common on Facebook. Be wary of any message that promises vouchers, gift cards, or other prizes just for liking, sharing, and participating in online surveys.
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Last updated: November 21, 2014
First published: June 4 2012
By Brett M. Christensen