Free pizza is always a good thing, so when one of your Facebook friends sends you a coupon to eat for free at your local Pizza Hut, what could possibly go wrong?
Let's clear it up right away for hungry readers: Pizza Hut is not offering free pizza, but you wouldn't be alone in thinking otherwise; a scam has been making its way around Facebook today (Oct. 18) promising a free meal at the pizza chain. The shared link, which comes from a friend, includes the Pizza Hut logo and says, "Take advantage of this special Pizza Hut offer! Receive a FREE pizza coupon today!" the security firm Sophos reported.
Of course, like any Facebook scam worth its salt (or parmesan cheese), this phony offer says there are only a limited number of coupons, and the offer expires when they run out.
So what happens when you click on the link expecting a slice on the house? The link, Sophos says, redirects you to a Web page that says all you need to do to snag the free pizza coupon is to share the Facebook link and include a comment saying Pizza Hut serves "the greatest food!"
"If you do this, then you are not only helping the link spread across Facebook (exposing your friends to the campaign), but you will also have your browser redirected to a third-party Web page," Sophos wrote. That Web page is a work-from-home scam that tries to solicit your name, address, city, ZIP code, email address and phone number.
It's important to remember that with hundreds of millions of users worldwide, Facebook is a perfect spawning ground for all kinds of online scams, and that just because a link comes from a friend doesn't mean it's trustworthy.