Excerpt from the Federal Trade Commission Article by Diana Schiller, Investigator, Division of Marketing Practices: Those Free COVID-19 Money Offers on WhatsApp and Facebook Are Scams
Have you seen a message on WhatsApp or Facebook offering you free help during the pandemic? People have reported seeing messages that seem to be from Pepsi, Walmart, Whole Foods, Target, and other big-name brands. These messages all offer money to people who need it — through grants, coupons for food support, or other giveaways. But they’re all fake, and not from those companies at all.