The scammers never seem to take a break from Facebook, and right now they’re targeting folks who enjoy eating at Buffalo Wild Wings.
This is simply a new take on the ubiquitous “free gift card” scams that are always popping up on Facebook.
There are several variations of this scam going around, but all the ones I’ve seen are claiming that Buffalo Wild Wings will give you a coupon good for 50 free wings simply for sharing and commenting on that Facebook post.
This screenshot is a sample of one of the scams so you’ll know what to look out for:
Looks pretty tempting, right?
Well, it’s all a ruse to trick you into helping the scammers build up a large number of Likes, Comments and Shares on their fake Buffalo Wild Wings Facebook pages.
After the pages have a gained lot of “social proof” via all the Likes, Comments and Shares, the scammers rename the pages to something else and use them to scam innocent victims out of their hard-earned money by posting various types of fraudulent offers.
Or in some cases they’ll sell the fake pages to other scammers who’ll use them for their own illicit purposes.
Either way, it’s best to simply steer clear of them.
At their core, these scams are basically just devious variations of the “Feel Good” bait post scams I wrote about in this post.
Bottom line: No legitimate company is going to offer a valuable gift to everyone who Likes, Comments or Shares one of their Facebook posts. They just won’t.
If you see a post similar to this one (from Buffalo Wild Wings or anyone else) land in your Newsfeed, you can rest assured that it’s a scam. I recommend that you simply delete the post and move on.