How the scam works:
Be aware of a new grocery voucher giveaway scam happening these days. There are several marketing companies that use this trick to get people into paying for something that might come as an unbelievable shopping experience.
You are promised a $500 grocery coupon if you participate in a so-called survey and enroll in 3 to 5 companies that will spam you for ever after (let’s say one deals with cosmetics, one with travel, one with food). To enroll, you have to pay $10 or $20 to each of these companies, but you think this is fine since you are getting $500 back – it seems like a good deal.
Then you wait for the coupon, which comes in the mail as either a brochure or a card with a balance. Perfectly legitimate since it is, as promised, for a total of $500.
The problem is that the $500 value is distributed in over 1,000 different ways: $1 off pet food, $0.50 off frozen food, $1 off magazines, $0.50 off plants, etc. The full discount – that you still pay for - would be worth the full $500 only if you buy products from every single section of the store.
How to avoid the Grocery Voucher scam:
There’s no such thing as a free lunch – no grocery store is going to start handing out $500 of free food to its customers.
How to report the Grocery Voucher scam:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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