Pepsi is celebrating its 119th birthday or anniversary by giving away free gifts on Facebook.
On Aug. 17, 2022, we looked at a survey scam on Facebook that involved the unauthorized use of the Pepsi brand name. A page named Pepsi FANES, which apparently was meant to read Pepsi FANS, claimed to be giving away gift boxes of the soft drink in honor of the company’s 119th birthday or anniversary. However, this was not a legitimate offer.
According to page shares, the same Indonesian scammers who managed other recent scams for Target refrigerators and Walmart shopping sprees also created the one using Pepsi’s name. We also previously reported on a scam that involved Pepsi allegedly giving away mini coolers. These kinds of free company giveaway scams have been going around for many years.
The post read, “To celebrate @Pepsi’s 119th birthday, we’ll be sending a gift box of Pepsi to anyone who shares and says ‘Done’ before August 20th.”
The fact that the Pepsi FANES page contained no verified badge was the biggest clue that this was not an official giveaway.
Pepsi was created in 1893. Its original name was Brad’s Drink, named after pharmacist Caleb Bradham. The name changed to Pepsi-Cola in 1898. In other words, 2022 would not be Pepsi’s 119th birthday or anniversary.
Aside from the factual error, the Pepsi offer on Facebook was nothing more than…