The words "free" and "pizza" might be two of Americans most favorite. Together in the same sentence? Even better! With that, it's not hard to see why some might fall for what appears to be a scam or, at best, a crummy practical joke that I saw circulating on social media today (Sept. 23).
The post I saw on a friend's Facebook feed came from a fake Little Caesars page and it said:
"Celebrating our 68th Anniversary, We here at Little Caesars are giving Everyone who shaᴦes and also comments by 11 PM Tomorrow 2 Large Pizzas on us.
- We Will Inbox Your Coupon
- Little Caesars
"

My antenna went up when I saw that the page only had about 3,000 followers the real Little Caesars page is here and doesn't mention anything of the sort. Neither does their official website www.LittleCaesars.com.

The other thing that tipped me off was that the offer promises to mail it to your inbox. Nice try, phishing scam! If you aren't familiar with "phishing", it is described on Wikipedia as a "...fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information or data, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by disguising oneself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication."

It's already getting harder to avoid these types of misleading messages with plenty of pandemic scammers out there not to mention how we are constantly being mined for data everywhere we turn (see: "The Social Dilemma" for a revealing and disturbing look into that world).
Stay vigilant and remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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