Certainly every Canadian will love Tim Hortons – a Canadian casual restaurant known for its coffee and doughnuts. Interestingly, a website link spreading on Facebook is giving away a free $25 gift voucher, just for “sharing” and adding a comment. Well, get no excited about it, because it’s a scam.
The scam message titled – “FREE $25 Tim Hortons Gift Card” along with a message/description that states – “To celebrate our birthday, we are giving away thousands of $25 Gift Vouchers FREE – [link]” is spreading across walls on Facebook, and users as usual are falling for the trick by sharing the message with their friends.
Clicking on the scam URL will take you to a bogus website where you are asked to “share” and add a comment stating “Happy Birthday Tim!”. It also indicates that the offer will expire on October 17, that is today, or when the remaining 2177 free vouchers run out.
After you have completed the steps mentioned, you will be redirected to another page where you will be asked to enter your email id in order to qualify for a voucher. However, in the next step you will be filling out your personal details like name, age, mobile number, and so on. These details could be sold to third-party individuals or companies. It is advised that you avoid clicking on the scam link and provide any personal details, unless if you don’t want to be called or spammed with SMS updates on your mobile.
Also, do not share/re-post the message with your friends. If you have shared this message with your friends, then your friends could be landing in trouble. You can message your friends stating that the message is a scam, and delete/remove it from their wall by clicking the xin the top-right corner of the post.
Facebook scam messages are ever increasing and it’s quite hard to avoid them. Here is an article on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams
Here’s an article on Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams. We have also compiled a list of Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook for you to look through. You might also want to use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams.