Lady Gaga fans are spreading a fake offer for a free Starbucks drink to try and get "Shallow" the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 https://t.co/z3wX9YdFnZ— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) March 3, 2019
Little Monsters have moved on from offering blowjobs on Craigslist for anyone who purchases Lady Gaga’s music to now spreading fake offers from Starbucks on social media. It started when Nico (@fkanico) started hearing the news that “Shallow” had a new resurgence in streaming and sales and could possibly hit no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He says he knew he had to help Gaga and got the idea to make up a free offer from Starbucks when he walked by one after school. He created a fake graphic with the promotional offer and shared it on Twitter with the hashtag #ShallowBucks. It then quickly spread online and all over Twitter.
It got so big, Starbucks had to respond to users online to let them know that the promotional offer was not real or valid. When asked if he’s scared of getting in trouble, Nico responded saying, “When I tweeted it I was honestly really worried since I don't know if I could get into any legal trouble but I thought since nobody is losing any money doing it, it should be ok.” More behind the cut.
The Tweet that started it all:
Starbucks is celebrating Lady Gaga’s Oscar win with a promotion for a free drink of choice! Simply post a screenshot of yourself listening to “Shallow” with the hashtag, #SHALLOWBUCKS for a free drink of choice! ☕️🌟Offer expires soon so hurry! pic.twitter.com/raziPoHrtP— nico 🦇 (@fkanico) March 1, 2019
It didn’t stop there:
You can win Spotify Premium when you stream Shallow! 😮 pic.twitter.com/eGUX41kuxW— Gaga's Hooker (@mvstraw_) February 27, 2019
Hi! Sorry for any confusion, but this is not a valid Starbucks offer. This post is completely false.— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) March 2, 2019
The original scammer jokes about it:
STARBUCKS IS ONTO ME pic.twitter.com/RPgP2Wkxjj— nico 🦇 (@fkanico) March 2, 2019
ONTD, would you create a scam to secure a no. 1 for your fave?
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