Watch out for those posts promising free chicken vouchers at KFC

published on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 3:37 p.m.

A Facebook post mentions free coupons that can be redeemed for three buckets of chicken at KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) restaurants. The offer is meant to mark the 71st anniversary celebration of the American fast food chain. Contacted by AFP, the company denies any link with this Facebook page and specifies that its promotional offers are published exclusively on its website or on its certified pages on social networks. To celebrate 71 years of @KFC, we’re sending out coupons to everyone who shares and types “I love KFC” by August 16 at 4 p.m. “Each voucher can be used at any KFC to get three buckets of chicken for FREE!reads a Facebook post uploaded on August 11, 2022 and shared more than 150 times.

This text is accompanied by four photos on which we can see several products with the logo and the colors of KFC. Similar posts have also been shared in recent weeks several thousand times in English-speaking countries (1, 2, 3). Some link to a website that asks users to complete a survey.

Facebook screenshot taken on August 16, 2022 The French publication was identified on a Facebook page called “KFC Fans” created on August 11, 2022, the same day the text and photos were shared.

Facebook screenshot taken on August 16, 2022When the comment “I love KFC” is sent by Internet users attracted by this offer, a message asks them to share the publication of the page in eight Facebook groups.

Facebook screenshot taken on August 16, 2022 This offer, which has aroused great enthusiasm among some Internet users, does not however appear on KFC’s official websites in Canada, the United States and France. The same goes for the company’s certified Facebook page, which has a different logo than the “Fans of KFC” pages.

Facebook screenshot of KFC’s certified page taken on August 16, 2022 Facebook screenshot of “KFC Fans” page taken on August 16, 2022

Contacted last June, when similar publications were relayed in English, Bethany Tillo, a spokesperson for KFC Canada, had indicated in an email to AFP that the offers did not come from the fast food chain.

“KFC Canada is not affiliated with the Facebook page making this offer”she had specified. “Valid KFC Canada offers can be found on our website and on our official social media pages, which may link directly to the site.”

Online offers of gift cards and other coupons are a tactic that scammers regularly use on social networks to obtain users’ personal data. AFP Factual has already deconstructed this type of publication on several occasions (1, 2).

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