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ALDI Warns Of 'Free Groceries' Facebook Scam

Photo of a ALDI supermarket
ANDREW WEBER / AP IMAGES FOR ALDI U.S.
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If you're one of the more than a half-million people that saw a Facebook post promising free groceries from ALDI on Monday, Nov. 30 - it's a scam.

ALDI confirmed the scam on its Facebook page, saying it has been working with the social media company to get the fake page taken down.

The Kansas City Star took a screenshot the page before it was removed.  The fake post claimed to be from ALDI CEO Jason Hart and encouraged people to go to a website for a free food box of groceries worth $75 along with a $25 ALDI voucher. 

The (Cincinnati) Enquirer reported the post had been shared more than 644,000 times before it was taken down.

ALDI posted this reminder: When reading posts that purport to be from companies, public officials or celebrities, look for a blue checkmark. The checkmark indicates that Facebook has verified the account as authentic. 

While the lack of the bluecheck mark doesn't automatically mean an account is fake, in most cases Facebook has verified brand accounts. 

The supermarket chain has about 10 locations in the Jacksonville area including one in St. Augustine.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.