Fans bitten by fast-fool '$100 McDonald's offer'

Fans bitten by fast-fool '$100 McDonald's offer'
McDonald's Singapore has alerted Facebook and filed a police report over the fake gift card voucher.

SINGAPORE - Fans of McDonald's were certainly not loving it when they found that the $100 vouchers they were promised for clicking on a Facebook ad were part of a scam.

The burger giant confirmed on Friday that it is not behind the "limited offer" promotion on the social networking website.

In a Facebook post at around noon, it alerted customers to the scam, urging them to visit its official Facebook page or website to verify any online offer.

McDonald's Singapore spokesman Kevin Lim said the company has filed a police report.

The fake Facebook page contained instructions to post a comment - such as "Thanks I love McDonalds" - before it redirected them to claim their voucher. More than 28,400 comments were posted by users, mostly in Singapore and Malaysia.

One victim, Madam Susan Ang, 40, gave away her mobile number as well as e-mail and home addresses while filling out "survey form after survey form" after clicking on the promotion.

"I realised it was a scam halfway and gave up," said the housewife. "I did not claim any prize."

Other Facebook users admitted to falling for the scam. One user, "Patricia Ng", posted: "After going thru till the last step, realise it is a hoax. Shld have known better." A similar McDonald's scam appeared in February last year.

Social media expert Edvarcl Heng, a partner at public relations firm Sg Story, said that based on previous campaigns the scammer seemed to be driving users to fill out survey forms, for which he would collect a fee for each one completed.

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