So you are probably seeing a lot of people posting something about liking Olive Garden and how they are getting a $100 Gift Card from Olive Garden for simply following a few steps on a site called "http://eat-for-free-at-og.com/"
Now here's the thing, it's not actually a scam, but it certainly is NOT free. Why do I say it isn't free? Because I can read, and here are the details as they actually work out.
First you are told there are three easy steps:
- Click the "Like" button
- Click the "Share" button
- Click the "Claim" button
This is when the "free" part of this whole deal breaks down. You have already done the most damage at this point because you have announced to all of Facebook that you are easily duped because you don't read the fine print as poorly designed sites like http://eat-for-free-at-og.com/
So here is what happens when you click on the "Claim" button you are sent to "amazingfreerewards.com" which is a great name since there is NOTHING free on their site. Ever.
Amazingfreerewards.com is a spam house that dupes you into either buying junk for a "free" prize, or (and more likely) gathering your email information so they can sell it to third parties to advertise and fill your inbox with junk mail (that isn't technically spam because you have given full permission for them and anyone they choose to use your email address for advertising purposes).
Let's look at the fine print shall we:
You must participate in and satisfy a total of 8 Sponsor Offers as follows: Page 1: 2 offers Page 2: 2 offers Page 3: 4 offers To satisfy the requirements for the Free $100 Olive Garden Gift Card, you must participate in the above-stated number of offers for each page (participating in offers in excess of those stated above for a given page does not reduce the number of offers in which you must participate on the other pages), and you must complete each of the Sponsor Offers pages listed above. Please note Sponsor offers may require you to sample and/or purchase products of interest and/or take other actions such as applying for or obtaining a loan or extension of credit (including credit cards), transferring a balance, or similar steps. In order to remain eligible for your gift, you must complete all of the sponsor offers that require you to sample and purchase products of interest within 180 days of signing up for our service.
It couldn't be more straight forward than that. You must satisfy 2 of the offers on Page 1. Let's see what they are:
- Netflix (free-ish)
- Miracle Whites Trial - your credit card will be charged only $1.00 plus $3.95 S&P (non-refundable) -- Then the auto renew your "membership" at a price of $69.22/month (good luck canceling)
- Absolute Green Tea -- Free Trial with $4.95 S&H -- (buried on another Terms and Conditions page) If you do not cancel by calling 1-866-762-0945 within the Trial Period, the credit card you provided at signup will be charged $79.93 for the Product you received during the Trial Period.
I think you get the picture. To complete any two of those offers you are looking at at least $70/month if not more! Not worth a $100 Olive Garden card.
So let's all agree to not partake in this scam, and maybe instead let's call the owner of the site, a one Rachel Johnson who is registered for the domain at 121 6Th Ave Apt2, Altoona, PA 16602 -- You can call her at (814) 201-2184... I think to be fair we should all call late at night, just so she knows we really hate these sorts of scams.
Enjoy your weekend!