Just like the fake Yeti bag giveaway we debunked few days ago, the Sam’s Club Graco car seat giveaway is a scam. The giveaway posts on Facebook and instagram which claims Sam’s Club is giving away Graco 4EVER 4-IN-1 CAR SEAT to women over 30 in honor of its birthday is not from the legit Sam’s Club pages.

Here’s a detailed and concise article on how this giveaway scam works, red flags that indicate it’s a scam, and what to do if you’ve fallen for this scam.

Red Flag #1 – Fake Social Media Pages

The giveaway posts are all posted on recently created Facebook pages that have very few followers and media. The pages are not the official Sam’s Club social media pages, and they don’t have blue ticks to verify their legitimacy.

Red Flag #2 – Untrustworthy Website

The website attached to the giveaway posts is not the legit Sam’s Club website which is samsclub.com. It’s not possible for Sam’s Club to offer such promotion in an unclaimed website domain.

Also, we’ve concerns that the website might have malware program running in the background. This might infest devices and compromise data, leading to ransomware, data breach, etc.

Red Flag #3 – Fake Reviews

On the giveaway posts, there are reviews from people who claim to have received the car seat. However, this is a concocted lie. Majority of the profiles dropping the reviews have either been hacked recently or were created recently.

How This Fake Sam’s Club Graco Car Seat Giveaway Works

The giveaway scam claims Sam’s Club is giving away Graco 4EVER 4-IN-1 CAR SEAT to all women over 30 in honor of its birthday month ‘April’. Social media users are told to apply for this giveaway by simply clicking on the link on the comment section and sharing the post.

However, when people click on the link, instead of the $1 shipping fee they’re lured into a subscription scam. At the order page on the website are words written in tiny letters which says ‘You accept to be charged a certain amount for access to an online magazine’.

This subscription has nothing to do with the legit Sam’s Club, neither is the magazine from the brand. Once users proceed to make the $1 shipping fee payment, they’d be charged extra fees and more each month.

Of course, they don’t receive the Graco Car seat or anything at all. Rather, they get cheap online magazines in their email and a monthly charge of $77.

What Victims of this scam should do;

People who’ve fallen for this scam should contact their credit card issuer, then do this;

  • Cancel the transaction
  • Request for a refund if possible
  • Cancel their credit card and get a new one (That way they wouldn’t get charged for the subscription again)

When the above steps have been completed. They should then proceed to scan their devices with a malware checker tool. There’s a likelihood that there are malware, spyware, viruses or other malicious programs lurking on the scam giveaway websites. If found, the malware removal tool will them

The final step to take is to update passwords and enable two factor authentication. Especially if a malicious program was found by the malware tool.

How To Spot Fake Giveaways and Prizes

Check the Company’s Social Media Accounts

The first step you should take is finding out if the giveaway has been posted on the company’s social media accounts. If it hasn’t, the giveaway is likely a scam.

If You’re Asked To Pay an Upfront Fee

Legit giveaways don’t ask for any kind of fee, whether shipping or handling fee.

Check For Grammatical and Spelling Mistakes

Scan the giveaway post. Do you notice bad grammar, missing words, or spelling mistakes? These are red flags for a scam. Any company can make a minor mistake when typing out a win notification. However, multiple or glaring errors are a bad sign.

Search for Reviews Online

Are there reviews or posts about the giveaway online? It’s common for various news outlet to carry information about legit giveaways. By searching for reviews online you could also come across warning posts or complaints.

By Judith Davidson

I am Judith Davidson, a Cyber Security Professional. I am the founder, Investigator and Author of Snoopviews.com. I started working as a Cyber Fraud Researcher in 2019 when I saw lots of people falling victims to fraudulent websites pretending to sell disinfectants, masks and wipes during the Covid19 pandemic. Since then, I've saved millions of people from online scams.

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