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Fake News: Chick-fil-A NOT Giving Away Sandwiches And Beverages For Their 37th Birthday

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Fri, 31 May 2019 14:08:54 Z)

Is Chick-fil-A giving away 2 free spicy or regular chicken sandwiches and 2 large beverages for their 37th birthday? No, that's not true: a scammer created a fake Facebook page impersonating the brand and the link in the viral post with the so-called offer leads to a link that will randomly display advertising or other offers of questionable value.

The story originated from a post (archived here) on a fake Facebook page that read:

It's our birthday and we want to give back to you all who have supported us over the years by giving every person that shares and comments "Done" 2 FREE Spicy or Regular chicken sandwiches and 2 large beverages! We will inbox your coupon by midnight tonight! Remember to visit: http://www.chickfilayear.com/ to make sure your entry is valid! - Chick-fil-A

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The post linked to a site at www.chickfilayear.com that was only registered a few weeks ago: https://www.whois.com/whois/chickfilayear.com.

It has nothing to do with the real site of Chick-fil-A or their real Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChickfilA/ (which is not at https://www.facebook.com/Chick-fil-A-INC-54837587235400). Always look at the blue checkmark next to the name if you see a post from a major brand to verify it is the real one.

Also, the Chick-fil-A brand was launched in 1967 which would make it 52 years old, not 37. And the fake Facebook page appears to be run by two people in Vietnam, a long way from their actual headquarters in College Park, Georgia:

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk

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