Something for nothing—it's the e-commerce, coupon-clipping dream, right?
Such is the hope of all the people who clicked on a supposed voucher celebrating Costco's 41st birthday, purported to then translate into a free cash card for anywhere from $50 to $200. Alas, it's a big fat scam.
According to the helpful web sleuths at Snopes.com, all you're going to get is sent to a set of pages that then prompt you to input all sorts of personal information (including name, address, email address, date of birth, and phone numbers), then complete a lengthy series of surveys and finally sign up (and commit to paying) for at least six “Reward Offers” that usually involve applying for a credit card or signing up for some sort of paid subscription service.
Turns out, this scam has actually been around for a while, says the Snopes site, with it first appearing in October 2011, although back then it was for a cool $1000! Other variations have been for $200, and Costco itself has made it clear that while they love their shoppers, it's not true.
For now, the only freebies to be had are just the in-store food samples that many frequent Costco habitués know and love.
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