A warning has been issued to Wetherspoon fans over a scam being promoted on Facebook that appears to offer vouchers for free meals.
Wetherspoon famously closed down all its social media activity in 2018 – meaning any account you see on Facebook will be fake.
Consumer group Which? says Facebook users who comment on posts published by the fake Wetherspoon pages are told they will win meal vouchers if they receive comments from the pub chain.
But the replies come from scammers who have set up the pages.
The fake Wetherspoon posts read: “Congratulations for those of you who have received comments from us, you have the opportunity to win them.”
Users are asked to like and share the post with their friends.
Which? found two Facebook pages claiming to be legitimate Wetherspoon social media profiles, both sharing posts following the same format.
Users are asked to click a button to enter their details and claim their prize.
It is unclear what happens to your details once you have handed them over.
A Which? spokesman said: “Signing up to fake competitions and giveaways can lead to tracking cookies being added to your web browser. This can prime Facebook users to be targeted by more spam ads from the people running the pages.
“Users who have interacted with these pages can be caught in a vicious cycle where ‘likes’ inflate the popularity of the page, promoting it so it’s seen by more people.”
Which? says it has reported a number of pages to Facebook and they have been removed.
Wetherspoon’s website states: “Wetherspoon does not use any social media. Any promotions on social media which appear to be from Wetherspoon are, therefore, unofficial and fake – so please do not participate or share your details with such adverts.
“‘We will continue to report fake pages and do apologise for any inconvenience caused by these unassociated spam accounts.”
Which has a guide on what to do if you spot a scam.
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