Don’t Fall For This Indiana Longhorn Steakhouse Scam

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There’s a post going viral on Facebook right now that’s got a lot of people excited for a free meal at Longhorn Steakhouse, but I’m afraid I have some bad news if you’re one of those people.

In case you didn’t know, in the world of social media, if you see a post that sounds too good to be true…it usually is. Not to point fingers or anything, but there are some pretty gullible people who fall for every post they see. There is currently a post going viral offering free meal vouchers for Longhorn Steakhouse…and who wouldn’t want a delicious free steak or parmesan crusted chicken from there, is it not?

Viral Longhorn Steakhouse Poste

The post in question here is from the LonghornSteakhouses Fans Facebook page. Here is what the message says:

Hello everyone, I’m Todd Burrowes Gorham. I am very happy to announce that I am the new CEO of longhorn steakhouse. I would like to start my new job with a good deed for everyone because I know lately have been difficult times, that’s why I will reward everyone who shares and comments in the next 72 hours with a voucher for a meal for two at any Longhorn steakhouse for lunch or dinner.

Spoiler alert: this is a scam!

It’s actually eerily similar to a post that went viral about receiving free Texas Roadhouse meal vouchers from the Facebook page, Texas Roadhouse’s, which read:

I’m Gerald L. Morgan, CEO of Texas Roadhouses. I know times have been tough, so to help everyone out, I have a special surprise for everyone sharing and commenting then. Anyone who does so before September 29 can get a voucher. Each voucher can be used at any texas roadhouses restaurant for a meal for two with drinks!

Now I understand. People see the word “free” and assume they can save a few bucks. A deal like this would be hard to pass up for most. However, there are plenty of red flags with messages like this that scream “SCAM”, but the reality is that not many people are going or have taken the time to see them.

How to Spot Facebook Scams

First of all, the page this post came from is not even the real Longhorn Steakhouse account. It’s not even spelled correctly. This account is called “LonghornSteakhouses Fans”. So the account name is not spelled correctly and it is a “Fans” account. Number one red flag. With companies or official pages like Longhorn, there will often be a blue checkmark behind their name. This blue tick is important. This tick means this is the real person/company, any other profile is FALSE. It is important to know this so as not to fall into the trap of false information or a potential scam.

Other Facebook Scams

In the past, there have been posts where “celebrities” let you like, share and comment on a post for a chance to win money. For example, Tyler Perry’s Facebook scam where people thought he was giving away money…even though it wasn’t even his account. There have been other posts from fake Ellen accounts asking you to like, share and comment for a chance to win some cash. These publications are often accompanied by a video. Don’t fall for these things! If you just take the time to click on the video in these posts, you will see that these videos don’t even mention giving money. Not to mention that these are clearly fake accounts with misspelled names and no blue ticks.

Spotting “fake news” such as the Texas Roadhouse post should be common sense, but common sense isn’t so common anymore. Here are some tips on what to do when you see a message like this. If you’re wondering if it’s legit or not, a simple Google search will help. If the page/site that posted the article/post in question isn’t a credible source (or you’re not sure if it’s credible or not), be sure to do a quick search on other news sites to see if this story is out there. Also be sure to check the date on the items. You will see a lot of people sharing old posts without realizing that this happened a few years ago. It might not be fake news, but it could be old news.

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