(Mirror Daily, United States) – It seems that the $200 Wegmans coupon is a scam and people are urged to stop clicking on the Facebook post because the authorities are not yet sure whether the link was created to steal sensible information, or if actually contains a virus that could damage the device from which it is accessed.
A spokesperson from Wegmans has declared officially that the store has no affiliation with the post that has been circulating on the social media platform and it urging the customers to stay away from it. The grocery store, which is based in Rochester and has stores in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, says that it never intended to give away $200 coupons and that even if they do, it will not happen via Facebook.
Wegmans’ spokesperson also stated that they store chain is actively trying to remove the post from the social media platform, but it is difficult since the source of the post is unknown and the high number of shares made it spread faster than it could be removed.
The official statement that the $200 Wegmans coupon is a scam was made on Monday, the 1st of February by the store chain’s spokesperson. The victims of the scams will not be receiving any form of gratuity from the Rochester-based chain of stores.
This is not the first Facebook scam that involved some sort of gratuity won by the participants. A few months ago there were some posts that promised gift cards from Walmart, Macy’s and Best Buy if you shared and comment to a post, or if you clicked on a link that redirected you to a site where you had to give sensible information such as the e-mail address or phone number in order to access it.
Another scam, from a few years back, had tremendous success. The post promised people that if they completed a quick on-line questionnaire they will receive a crate full of Jack Daniels. The promise seemed too good to be true, but people didn’t want to miss the opportunity of getting six bottles of the famous drink, so they clicked on the link and filled out the survey.
Fortunately, the link did not contain any viruses that could harm the user’s computer, but it was a way in which somebody managed to make some quick money because of the overwhelming number of people that accessed the domain in a small amount of time. The survey was there only to prolong the time spent by the victims on the site.
So next time you see a post on your Facebook news feed that promises some form of gratuity in exchange for a like, a share or a click ignore it, or better yet, report it as spam so it won’t get to other uninformed individuals.
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