WARNING: Kmart Is Not Giving Facebook Users $1,000 Gift Cards

By David Cohen 

KmartScam650If Facebook posts promising $200 Nike gift cards are scams, and Facebook posts promising $250 McDonald’s gift cards are scams, then guess what Facebook posts promising $1,000 Kmart gift cards are?

Hoax-Slayer reported that the mega-retailer is the latest chain being used as bait by Facebook scammers, in this case promising Facebook users $1,000 gift cards and claiming that a limited number of them remain.

More details on the scam follow, from Hoax-Slayer:

The message is a scam. The gift cards are just a trick to get the user to click a link and share the scam on Facebook. The gift cards are not real, and the offer is not part of any official Kmart giveaway.

Upon clicking the link in the message, the user will be taken to a fake Facebook page and told to share the material, like a Facebook page and paste a promotional message to six different Facebook groups.

However, after you have finished these steps, you will still not be able to claim any kind of gift cards. Instead, you will be told that you must fill out a survey as part of the entry conditions. A message will pop up on screen with links to multiple surveys.

The surveys will try to trick you into providing your personal information. This information may then be used to blast you with marketing emails, surface mail and phone calls. You may also be tricked into subscribing to expensive SMS services.

The scammer who created the fake promotion will earn money via suspect affiliate marketing schemes each time a user participates in a survey.

But even after participating in the surveys, you will still not get the promised Kmart gift card, which never existed to begin with.

Some versions of the scam may also try to trick you into installing rogue Facebook applications or downloading malicious software.

Readers: Have you seen any posts in your News Feeds promising Kmart gift cards?