LOS ANGELES – A fake Chick-fil-A gift basket giveaway is circulating on Facebook, and the company is working to remove the post, according to a spokesperson for Chick-fil-A.
The post was posted by someone, allegedly named Travis Porter, who claimed to be the regional manager of the famous fast food restaurant.
Screenshot of a fake Chick-fil-A gift basket offered.
The post states that in honor of Chick-fil-A’s 61st birthday, “We are giving ALL who shaá´¦es and then comments by 7:00 p.m. SUNDAY one of these gift baskets containing a Chick-fil-A gift card from $ 35 plus surprises that will make your heart beat.
Users are then prompted to click on a link that redirects them to a website where a photo of the purported gift basket is visible with a button below that says ‘complete entry’.
After clicking the button, users are redirected to a broken website again.
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“We are working with Facebook to have the post removed,” said a spokesperson for Chick-fil-A. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, scams and hoaxes are becoming more prevalent.
Online shopping and the time people spend on their phones have increased, which means more attention to possible hoaxes or scams.
The Federal Trade Commission recently issued a warning in an attempt to prevent more victims from falling prey to bogus online posts.
Losses reported in the first six months of 2020 reached a record total of $ 117 million for scams that started on social media, the FTC said on Wednesday. The main sources of complaints were online sellers who failed to deliver, scammers in love, and bogus phone calls asking for financial help.
To combat social media scams, the FTC has given recommendations on how to make it harder for scammers to victimize a person. Tips include reviewing social media privacy settings and limiting what is shared publicly, researching a company and its products before a purchase, and slowing down sudden relationship formation on social media.
Hyeji Suh contributed to this report.