– Get a Tim Hortons Gift Card for FREE!
– Get a Cheesecake Factory Gift Card for FREE!
– Get a Costco Gift Card for FREE!
What a great time of year to get free gift cards. According to the Facebook posts “Costco is currently giving away $1,000.00 gift cards to all facebook users!!” (similar posts for Cheesecake factory and Tim Hortons).
According to our calculations this would cost Costco 850,000,000 (number of Facebook users) x $1000 = $850 Billion – that’s quite a marketing campaign. Of course the posts are part of a scam designed to lure users to webpages like these:
The number next to “free cards remaining” counts down encouraging visitors to quickly follow the steps below – sharing the link, and clicking on “like” – resulting in news feed updates on friend pages that further promote the scam:
Note the subtle changes between the two versions. These are designed to bypass Facebook’s spam filters which look for repeating messages.
Once the like button has been clicked, the true destination website is revealed – a marketing affiliate site. The owners of this site get revenue every time someone fills in a form or completes an offer. Of course it’s now a $1000 Amazon gift card on offer.
As a public service we hereby provide the fine-print from this site in larger font:
Coming soon: – Our summary of 2011 Facebook threats.