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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke July 18, 2022

Don’t fall for these KFC scams

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  • Newly created Facebook accounts are offering Facebook users the chance to win free KFC chicken buckets. This is a scam. 

Fried chicken fans may have been excited to see some recent social media posts offering vouchers for free chicken buckets. 

"To celebrate this year's 70th Anniversary with KFC, we will be sending everyone who shares and typed 'Done' Before July 20th at 9pm. To get Vouchers. Each voucher can be used at any KFC to get three FREE chicken buckets!" read one July 15 Facebook post riddled with grammar and punctuation errors.

 Another post, now deleted, promised the same deal, but with slightly different conditions: "To celebrate 71 years of @KFC , we are sending out Vouchers to everyone who shares and typed "Love KFC" Before July 17th at 16.00. Each voucher can be used at any KFC to get three buckets of FREE chicken!."

If the changing anniversary date didn’t tip you off, allow us: this is a scam. 

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

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The KFC Fans account was created June 2, 2022, according to the Facebook page, and its "about" section describes its owner as "restoran." Another account with the KFC Fans page was created July 15, 2022.

KFC’s Facebook account, by comparison, has been verified by Facebook and has the blue checkmark badge to prove it. It mentions nothing about the vouchers promised in the posts on KFC Fans.

But previous posts on KFC’s verified Facebook page warn customers not to fall for scams online. 

"There are only 2 places that give you original finger lickin’ promotions," KFC said in a February 2020 post: on its verified Facebook page or its verified Instagram account

We rate posts from these other accounts False.

Our Sources

Facebook post, July 16, 2022

Facebook post, July 14, 2022

Facebook post, July 15, 2022

KFC Facebook account, visited July 17, 2022

KFC post, June 4, 2021

KFC post, Feb. 21, 2020


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