December 9, 2022

SCAM ALERT: Tim Hortons 57th Anniversary Giveaway

In late March 2021, Facebook users shared a copypasta meme promising that Tim Hortons, a Canadian junk food chain, would provide away a hamper full of “surprises that will make your heart flutter” and a $60 dollar gift card in ceremony of the businesss 57th anniversary. All users had to share the post and discuss it.

Heres an example of the post, with the users name cropped out for personal privacy:

The text of the post checks out:

” Tim Hortons is going to celebrate its 57th anniversary on March 24, 2021, and In order to help our faithful consumers every person who has actually shared & & commented before 5PM Wednesday will be sent out among these obstructs consisting of a $60 gift-card plus surprises that will make your heart flutter!”

Tim Hortons does use occasional promos on its official Facebook page, however those promotions do not include prompting customers to comment or share posts on posts.

The post pictured above isnt a legitimate deal from Tim Hortons. Its a type of rip-off the Better Business Bureau calls “like farming.” The purpose of this type of scam is as follows, according to the BBB:

Just like numerous rip-offs, like-farming has several different goals. When scammers ask you to “sign up” in order to win something or claim an offer, this is a method to steal your individual info. Other versions can be more complicated. Frequently, the post itself is initially harmless– albeit entirely imaginary. When the scammer collects enough likes and shares, they will edit the post and could include something malicious, such as a link to a website that downloads malware to your machine. Other times, as soon as scammers reach their target variety of likes, they strip the pages initial material and utilize it to promote spammy items. They might likewise resell the page on the black market. These buyers can utilize it to spam followers or collect the info Facebook provides.

The post visualized above isnt a legitimate offer from Tim Hortons. Often, the post itself is at first harmless– albeit completely imaginary. When the fraudster collects enough likes and shares, they will modify the post and might include something harmful, such as a link to a website that downloads malware to your machine.