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(C|Net)   Have your "Whole Foods Market Free $500 Gift Card"? Well, about that   (news.cnet.com ) divider line
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7162 clicks; posted to Business » on 03 Apr 2010 at 9:54 AM (6 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2010-04-03 09:59:33 AM  
i.i.com.com

She's cute. Seems legit.
 
2010-04-03 10:29:18 AM  
How can it be this hard to keep them from remaking it this scam account? Just put a temp call in the "create new account" feature that emails the dev team whenever a new account is created that contains the text string "whole foods". 30 minutes in Perl.
 
2010-04-03 10:37:34 AM  
Hi, I'm Bill Gates. Thanks for using my email system!

If you ignore this, You will repent later. Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet companies and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains the most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail beta test.

For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will pay you $245.00 For every person that you sent it to that forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and for every third person that receives it, You will be paid $241.00. Within two weeks, Microsoft will contact you for your address and then send you a check.


/circa 1997?
 
2010-04-03 10:53:20 AM  
Its amazed me how many people are stupid enough to think that people want to give them money for nothing.
 
2010-04-03 11:00:08 AM  
Anyone who does this deserves everything they get. Ugh.
 
2010-04-03 11:16:54 AM  
It's obviously bogus. There's no way $500 would get you a whole cart full of groceries at Whole Foods as the picture depicts.
 
2010-04-03 11:20:34 AM  

buzzcut73: It's obviously bogus. There's no way $500 would get you a whole cart full of groceries at Whole Foods as the picture depicts.


THIS. $500 at whole foods will get you a melon, loaf of bread, and a 6 pack of beer.
 
2010-04-03 11:22:16 AM  
Last week it was a $500 gift card from Olive Garden.

It's amazing what a quick search on Snopes can do.

/I'm looking at you family members that send me the 'Photograph proves Obama is a radical Muslim Jew terrorist!' forwards
// Someone gave them my e-mail address
 
2010-04-03 12:02:12 PM  
These are the same people that join "Secret tip to get free Farmville 3 story hen house", send invites to all their friends, then get pissed when it doesn't work, only to repeat the process for "Get secret Farmville dancing cows".
 
2010-04-03 12:02:21 PM  

1stgenwhtrash: She's cute. Seems legit.


WTF is she going to do with all those vegetables, make Bloody Marys and salsa for the 4th Infantry Division?
 
Pud
2010-04-03 12:04:40 PM  

DarthBrooks: Hi, I'm Bill Gates. Thanks for using my email system!

If you ignore this, You will repent later. Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet companies and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains the most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail beta test.

For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will pay you $245.00 For every person that you sent it to that forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and for every third person that receives it, You will be paid $241.00. Within two weeks, Microsoft will contact you for your address and then send you a check.


/circa 1997?


Heh, heh ..I remember getting that one. I printed it out so we all could have a chuckle at it. It was surprising to read later that there were so many that actually fell for it.

/All kidding aside, I am related to a lost prince of Nigeria. It's just a matter of time until I get my Lamborghini.
 
2010-04-03 12:06:18 PM  
The fan page asks Facebook users to add it as a fan, thus pushing awareness of the page through those users' Facebook networks, and then asks them to fill out a credit assessment and other forms that request personal information.

*facepalm*

The dumbassitude. It never, ever, ever, stops. Jebus, people.
 
2010-04-03 12:10:03 PM  
Girl must be OCD or something. Kept going back for more of that green leafy vegetable that the celery is propping up. Looks kinda like carrot tops.
 
2010-04-03 12:50:30 PM  
One of my stupid facebook friends joined a group promising an IKEA $1000 card the other day. That's a lot of Bjärnums.
 
2010-04-03 01:01:39 PM  
Is this one based on the whole offers deal, where you accept 10 offers then after a year get your free item?
 
2010-04-03 01:23:07 PM  
That 'organic' episode of the Simpsons cracked me up...they grab some random organic food, total is huge...as soon as the cashier rings it up, they rot...awesome.
 
2010-04-03 01:55:00 PM  

1stgenwhtrash: She's cute. Seems legit.


I wonder if the police are searching for her now? It would be ballsy for a criminal to post their likeness on their scheme...you know, kind of batman-villain-esque. Imagine her maniacal chuckling even now, "Mwahahaha! So, Whole Foods, it is now only a matter of time! My Organic Panic is working! Nobody can stop The Icebox* from taking over the Hipster Nation! Hua hua huaaaahahahahahaha!!!"

/*Her trademark move is the old neckbreaking-with-thighs cartwheel...from a shopping cart.
 
2010-04-03 02:04:48 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: 1stgenwhtrash: She's cute. Seems legit.

I wonder if the police are searching for her now? It would be ballsy for a criminal to post their likeness on their scheme...you know, kind of batman-villain-esque. Imagine her maniacal chuckling even now, "Mwahahaha! So, Whole Foods, it is now only a matter of time! My Organic Panic is working! Nobody can stop The Icebox* from taking over the Hipster Nation! Hua hua huaaaahahahahahaha!!!"

/*Her trademark move is the old neckbreaking-with-thighs cartwheel...from a shopping cart.


I see some sort of crippling gas attack in the offing.
 
2010-04-03 02:33:03 PM  

1stgenwhtrash: I see some sort of crippling gas attack in the offing.


Well in the picture she is pulling the pin out of a tomato, so you're probably correct. I don't know what her nefarious scheme is for that much romaine though. Maybe something along the lines of:

2.bp.blogspot.com

/hotlinked
 
2010-04-03 02:41:32 PM  
I saw yesterday that a friend of mine joined a group promising a free $1000 Best Buy gift card to the first 20,000 people to join the group. Naturally, there were about 75,000 people in the group when I checked it out. There's got to be some way to report the group to Facebook, but I find no easy way to do so. Of course, I Googled "best buy gift card facebook scam," and believe it or not, this deal is not legit.
 
2010-04-03 03:16:12 PM  

madden101: I saw yesterday that a friend of mine joined a group promising a free $1000 Best Buy gift card to the first 20,000 people to join the group. Naturally, there were about 75,000 people in the group when I checked it out. There's got to be some way to report the group to Facebook, but I find no easy way to do so. Of course, I Googled "best buy gift card facebook scam," and believe it or not, this deal is not legit.


Maybe you should start a group called "I unfriend people who believe that Best Buy wants to give you $1000."
 
2010-04-03 03:43:41 PM  
Two friends sent me a deal where I could join an Ikea group and get a $1000 gift card. I defriended them.
 
2010-04-03 05:14:38 PM  
buzzcut73: It's obviously bogus. There's no way $500 would get you a whole cart full of groceries at Whole Foods as the picture depicts.

My submitted headline for this story.

"Facebook scam targets Whole Foods customers. Stupid scammers, they already spent their whole paychecks"
 
Pud
2010-04-03 05:35:19 PM  

lordargent: buzzcut73: It's obviously bogus. There's no way $500 would get you a whole cart full of groceries at Whole Foods as the picture depicts.

My submitted headline for this story.

"Facebook scam targets Whole Foods customers. Stupid scammers, they already spent their whole paychecks"


That's a pretty good one.
 
2010-04-03 05:44:03 PM  

Pud: lordargent: buzzcut73: It's obviously bogus. There's no way $500 would get you a whole cart full of groceries at Whole Foods as the picture depicts.

My submitted headline for this story.

"Facebook scam targets Whole Foods customers. Stupid scammers, they already spent their whole paychecks"

That's a pretty good one.


Mine was "Thanks to Obamacare, people are falling for Whole Food scams, hoping to stay healthy with organic food so they wont have to deal with our Socialized health care system. Change We Can Believe In"
 
Pud
2010-04-03 06:17:47 PM  

Frank N Stein: Pud: lordargent: buzzcut73: It's obviously bogus. There's no way $500 would get you a whole cart full of groceries at Whole Foods as the picture depicts.

My submitted headline for this story.

"Facebook scam targets Whole Foods customers. Stupid scammers, they already spent their whole paychecks"

That's a pretty good one.

Mine was "Thanks to Obamacare, people are falling for Whole Food scams, hoping to stay healthy with organic food so they wont have to deal with our Socialized health care system. Change We Can Believe In"


Heh, ...heh..That's a little too trollish, but it would have made for a funny as hell thread ...especially in the politics tab.
 
2010-04-03 06:41:20 PM  
$500 at Whole Foods? That'll cover, what, like a dozen eggs and a six-pack?
 
2010-04-03 07:04:42 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: 1stgenwhtrash: I see some sort of crippling gas attack in the offing.

Well in the picture she is pulling the pin out of a tomato, so you're probably correct. I don't know what her nefarious scheme is for that much romaine though. Maybe something along the lines of:

/hotlinked


I was thinking something a bit more lowbrow, what with all that roughage.

www.acartoonchristmas.com

/hot and you know it's going to be bad
 
hej
2010-04-03 07:10:33 PM  

Nightjars: Its amazed me how many people are stupid enough to think that people want to give them money for nothing.


Apparently, you've never been to a casino.
 
hej
2010-04-03 07:12:40 PM  

SpecialSnowFlake: $500 at Whole Foods? That'll cover, what, like a dozen eggs and a six-pack?


Came here wondering how long it'd take for a "this is how little $500 will buy at WF" joke. Amazed it wasn't #1, let alone 25 posts or so into the thread.
 
2010-04-03 07:14:05 PM  
You'd think Facebook would just stick on a little script that monitors for "Free Gift Card" and couple of other key phrases found in these group titles / descriptions. Have a flag thrown and some tech give a quick check. Delete or suspend as needed.

Or doing the "verified" thing like Twitter does for famous people would work.
 
2010-04-03 08:07:45 PM  
Pretty much if you are involved with both Facebook and Whole Foods you might as well get used to being tricked by people now because it is going to happen for your entire life. There is no power on Earth that can save you from it.
Sorry about your bad luck.
 
2010-04-03 08:50:50 PM  

Nightjars: Its amazed me how many people are stupid enough to think that people want to give them money for nothing.


Or greedy enough. Greed is at the bottom of most scams -- for both perps and victims.
 
2010-04-03 09:21:49 PM  

Nightjars: Its amazed me how many people are stupid enough to think that people want to give them money for nothing.


and your chicks for free?
 
2010-04-03 09:46:19 PM  
Become a fan of this group to get FREE 500 FARM CASH.

Step 1: Become a fan
Step 2: Invite ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN!
Step 3: Profit!
 
2010-04-03 10:10:52 PM  
ha-ha-guy: You'd think Facebook would just stick on a little script that monitors for "Free Gift Card"

Filtering doesn't work as a long term solution, because it's essentially an arms race (you filter a term, they figure out a new term "Fr33 G1ft Card", you filter new term, etc).

Closed moderation also doesn't work, because the volume gets too high.

Open moderation sorta works and can handle the volume. But creates other issues (like favoritism).
 
2010-04-03 10:32:18 PM  

icam: Last week it was a $500 gift card from Olive Garden.

It's amazing what a quick search on Snopes can do.

/I'm looking at you family members that send me the 'Photograph proves Obama is a radical Muslim Jew terrorist!' forwards
// Someone gave them my e-mail address


My mother unfriended me for telling her the Olive Garden one was fake (every week she, my sister and my aunt sign up for another one of the identical scams for a different company).

This time she even responded "well two of my friends received theirs and I called Olive Garden and they said it was real!" (Obviously, since the site was up for less than a day, even if it was legit that is a lie... And if she actually called Olive Garden, I'm sure they were referring to the contest on the OG website for one of a handful of $20 gift cards)

/Two PhDs and a soon to be MD... You'd think they possessed the critical thinking skills to sniff out these scams.
 
2010-04-04 12:22:47 AM  

portscanner: Nightjars: Its amazed me how many people are stupid enough to think that people want to give them money for nothing.

and your chicks for free?


Well played, sir.
 
2010-04-04 12:28:04 AM  
Been in Whole Foods once. Left feeling like an extra in Society.
 
2010-04-04 01:47:38 AM  
If I'm going to want a good grocery trip,
its not to Whole Foods.

Expensive, expensive, expensive
and any "organic" or healthy status is questionable.

I'll just go to a place where the food is great,
and the prices are at least more for my money's worth.

I like Wegman's myself, Balducci's makes my mouth water
And I always go to Trader Joe's
 
2010-04-04 03:04:12 AM  
I bought a $19 "organic" ribeye from Whole Foods once, just to see if it was better than the hormone laden stuff I usually buy. It wasn't.

I moved, and they build a shiny new HEB near my house with an awesome meat market. For less than the Whole Foods steak, I can get a USDA Prime Wagyu ribeye that's actually WORTH the money.
 
2010-04-04 02:22:43 PM  
But that deposed Nigerian prince who needs my help to get his fortune out of the country -- that's legit, right?

// He assures me there is no risk involved
 
2010-04-05 09:17:53 AM  

geetus: I bought a $19 "organic" ribeye from Whole Foods once, just to see if it was better than the hormone laden stuff I usually buy. It wasn't.

I moved, and they build a shiny new HEB near my house with an awesome meat market. For less than the Whole Foods steak, I can get a USDA Prime Wagyu ribeye that's actually WORTH the money.


what is HEB?
 
2010-04-05 10:31:17 AM  

CastorPimp: geetus: I bought a $19 "organic" ribeye from Whole Foods once, just to see if it was better than the hormone laden stuff I usually buy. It wasn't.

I moved, and they build a shiny new HEB near my house with an awesome meat market. For less than the Whole Foods steak, I can get a USDA Prime Wagyu ribeye that's actually WORTH the money.

what is HEB?


H.E. Butt Grocery Company (new window)
 
2010-04-05 02:39:38 PM  

ScouserDuck: $500 at whole foods will get you a melon, loaf of bread, and a 6 pack of beer.


It's a really farking good loaf of bread, though, and there's a lot of nice beers you could choose from.

The melon is underripe and infested with organic mealworms.
 
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