No, Woolworths And Coles Aren't Offering Free Gift Cards On Facebook

We all know that I hate Facebook. It's annoying, in your face and now it's falling victim to the same types of bullshit phishing scams that MySpace was plagued with towards the end. It's time to straighten this one out once and for all: no matter what you share, say or post: Coles is not giving out free gift cards on Facebook.

We've all seen the posts. You watch as your friends go down like dominoes to the power of the scam. One person sees the a post from a friend that reads "Thanks Coles", attached to an external link that reads something stupid like "Free Coles Gift Cards".

It looks like a fairly legitimate link, and I'll admit, I've clicked it once before. It didn't take me long to figure out it was a scam when the site redirected externally.

It asks you to authorise an app that scrapes your data for God-knows-what and posts this obnoxious spam back onto your wall ready for the next victim.

It's getting so bad that Coles and even the Federal Government has stepped in to tell you how not to be an idiot on the internet.

Coles writes:

Unfortunately, there is another ‘Free $500 Gift Card’ link being shared. This is a scam & has no association with Coles. It has been reported & we’re sorry if you or your friends have haven misled by this hoax.

So lets stop this nonsense once and for all: corporations don't want to just give you things. Use common sense on the internet people, and show this to your friends so that they can get savvy, too. [Stay Safe Online]

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    Yet Facebook still has now method or dare I say it, control, over crap like this. It says it's all about the users (as they all do) yet the scams still roam in the Facebook ghetto. Unacceptable in this day and age.

    Facebook has been ruined by these companies presence. No longer do they maintain their websites or handle competitions and complaints through email and websites as they should. Scammers will look for any opportunity they can and Facebook presents many. Pernicious website, I look forward to the day it is abandoned en mass and companies regain some common sense.

    to remove it from your "likes" you have to go into the "edit" your likes option... just viewing your likes, it doesn't show up... took me 15 mins to figure it out because of the shitty way Facebook has set up its permissions options...

    I don't use Facebook. Problem solved!

      +1 Nice to know of atleast one other regular, sane member of society.

    It still amazes me when I see people are stupid enough to believe this or anything similar is real.

      The problem with these is that they tell you just enough to get you to authorise their app, Once you click "Authorise" it automatically spams your friends.

      "Given a choice between dancing pigs and security, users will pick dancing pigs every time." - Edward Felten, Gary McGraw

        I know I would. Who cares if your Facebook account gets hacked, they are pigs, and they are dancing!

        Dancing pigs is ALWAYS the correct choice.

      There are legitimate offers that are based on liking a page in order to get access to a code or whatever. It's a PITA, but they are there. If it's a source I trust (say the companys home page actually linked to the Facebook Promo) then I may click the like button, grab the code and then undo the like right away.

      A recent example from memory was to do with some game that if you 'liked' the page gave you access to a code to enter on or through the console.

    If you forward this email to 10 of your friends Microsoft will give you $100!

    I once did this and two weeks later a $500 gift card arrived in the mail... said no one ever.

      My wife won a $500 gift voucher at the local shopping centre through facebook, no joke. It didn't arrive in the mail, had to pick it up from customer service. Bought a PS3 and a few other things with it.

      And I won a $100 visa card from my bank through facebook.

      We have won several tickets to movies as well, plus free packets of childrens food, and other things I forget right now.

      In all cases there wasn't any requirement to "like" something or post something to your status or invite anyone to anything or add an app - those are all marks of scams.

    Funny I haven't seen this on any friends or friends of friends posts, guess the people I know must not be idiots huh.

    I think everybody should check out the Scam Detector app. I believe they're online as well.

    I can only assume that the lack of warning for Woolies customers is because they are smarter than Coles customers and can smell a scam from a mile away (which is probably why they don't shop at Coles in the first place)?

    For last week, it's the second time I heard of gift card scams. It seems that more and more people prefer to lie and cheat.

    So, it's important to be careful and not to believe in such "Super Hot Free Gift Cards". Don't get me wrong, I'm not a pessimist. But I think that it's necessary to be informed and always check if you're dealing with a real merchant or not.

    Dave from

    Look, some people just deserve to be scammed. Seriously, if you're going to make it that easy, go for it.

    Yeah, it is a annoying scam as the unaware can get caught... as in the older 'not so tech savvy' generation. This is the type of scam that they'd fall for quite easily to be honest.

    Can you, for the sake of the rest of humanity, mind the language in your articles? Is there any real reason to be using that kind of language?

    yes because the url: "" seems legit...

    Most of my friends have fallen for the "see who's looking at your profile" app scam.

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