SAN FRANCISCO, California (KRON) – Free Chick-fil-A gift basket? It’s a hoax!
Chick-fil-A is currently working to remove a Facebook post promoting a gift basket to celebrate the company’s 61st anniversary, spokesman Tiffany Simmons said.
A message that was circulating Facebook stated that the company “gives EVERYONE sharing and then commenting on SUNDAY at 7pm one of these gift baskets.”
The gift basket contained “a $ 35 gift card,” plus surprises that will get your heart racing. ‘
Travis Porter, who claims to be Chick-fil-A’s regional manager, posted the photo with a link to a coupon to validate their submission.
The Federal Trade Commission discovered this consumers have lost nearly $ 117 million to scams on social media in the first six months of this year.
Here are ways the FTC offers to protect yourself from these types of online scams:
- Before you buy, check out the business based on an ad or post. Type the name in a search engine with words like ‘scam’ or ‘complaint’.
- Never send money to a love interest that you have not met in person.
- If you get a message from a friend about a way to get financial support, give them a call. Did they forward it to you? If not, tell them their account may have been hacked. If so, check it out before you act.
- Before you plunge into an “opportunity” to make money, take a lookftc.gov/mlm.
- Don’t make it easy for scammers to target you – check your social media privacy settings to limit what you share publicly.