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That Chick-Fil-A Offer Really IS Too Good To Be True

October 15, 2020

I love Chick-Fil-A.  I mean, who doesn’t?  Whether it’s those delicious chicken minis with that slight taste of butter and honey on the biscuit, or the most wonderful “worth every calorie” milkshake that makes you not even care how many grams of fat you are digesting. So when “Chick-Fil-A” offers a $35 dollar gift card plus a basket filled with goodies that will “make your heart flutter” to “EVERYONE” who shares and comments on the post, hundreds of people innocently set themselves up to become victimized by hackers.  

Due to my love of those mouthwatering nuggets and waffle fries, I too almost fell prey.  And then I took a moment to consider a few things.   For starters, if a major corporation was going to make that kind of incredible offer, wouldn’t it come from someone with leadership status in the company?  And how could any business, in the times we are in right now, offer such an incredible deal to EVERYONE who wants it?  The answer is…they can’t, and they don’t.  My beloved chicken sandwich was just another pawn in the world of social media scams.  Chick-Fil-A wasn’t the first, and it certainly won’t be the last. 

Here’s how this and most other scams on social media work.   Once you click on the link, you are asked to give your email and credit card information as well as create a password. As stated in the post, “there are no fees.”  The credit card information is for “verification only.”   Right, of course it is. (I hope you could hear the sarcasm dripping from my keys as I type.)  Please be aware that criminals like to use corporations such as Chick-Fil-A, and other major businesses, as a means to lure unsuspecting customers into handing over their private information. 

As often as these scams pop up on our social media sites, we should be reporting them equally as often.   If you see a scam or something suspicious on Facebook or any other social media site, you can report that to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below.  Unfortunately, the Chick-Fil-A give away was a scam, and I was greatly disappointed.  I guess it’s important to remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.