Online Scam: Free Starbucks $50 Gift Card

There’s another online scam going around Facebook now. The scammers are offering $50 Starbucks Gift Card after you click the Share button and say “I Love Starbucks!”. There are several variant hosted on different URL.

This is very similar to the Apple iPad giveaway scam few weeks ago. The biggest hint that this is a fake is the URL. It is very unlikely that Starbucks (or any big company) will do giveaway with a dodgy URL. And the logo is wrong too. That’s the old Starbucks logo.
Starbucks Singapore Facebook page also confirmed that they are not behind the giveaway.

I still don’t know what’s the motivation behind the scammers. Are they doing it for fun or did they managed to steal your personal information when you click on the share button. Anyone know?

7 comments

  1. What to do after you have done the scam? I gave an email I don’t use often – but they do have my name, mailing address and a work phone (that I don’t use) – how do I protect myself?

  2. I received the same message on my cell phone from the number +13613185154:

    STARBUCKS CUSTOMER: You have won a $50 Starbucks gift card. Please visit http://www.giftfromstarbucks.com (to-end-offer-reply’QUIT’)

    Facebook knows my phone number since a week ago, but the message was not sent from Facebook. I am not a Starbucks customer.

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