They say the best things in life are free, though right behind priceless treasures like love and happiness are killer deals on fattening foods.
But beware of what seems too good to be true: A scam on Twitter that is promising tons of free food from places like Domino's, Pizza Hut, and Chipotle for the low price of just ten bucks could lead you to end up with a bunch of undercover cops disguised as Domino's dudes storming your front door with tasers drawn.
The cruel and unusual scam punishes Twitter users looking for a good deal on a boatload of food from popular chains—all you have to do is send a few dollars via Paypal to someone who will then place an order on your behalf for food that normally costs five or six times as much money. For a lot of people, the deal has allegedly worked, and they've been vocal about it on Twitter.
But while some assumed that the outrageous deals were the result of a special promotion or connections to the chain, it turns out that the orders are typically placed using stolen credit card numbers.
When someone takes up one of the sketchy online offers, the scammers take the person's information and use it to place an order with a stolen card. When it shows up to at the door and the person accepts the pile of pizza boxes, he or she could be guilty of identify theft, credit card fraud, and theft by deception, according to Sergeant Danny Sridej of the Oakwood Police in Georgia, whose department investigated the scam and staged the undercover delivery-guy sting after an unsuspecting college kid took up a Twitter deal promising $52 worth of pizza for $10. The scammer who places the order, who is likely based in a foreign country and beyond the reach of the law, pockets $10 while the restaurant takes the hit.
Going back to the now-legendary Domino's raid, when the college kid opened the door, "three police officers [dressed as pizza delivery guys] came up with tasers pointed at me from [the] steps, then two more from over there with tasers and guns pointed at me," the student told CBS 46. The cops were "about to take him down and arrest him," but he was let off because he was able to show the police texts he had with the real scammer.
"He should have known that you can't buy $52 worth of pizza from Domino's for $10," Sridej told the Gainesville Times. "Domino's would never sell that low."
A lot of accounts offering similar deals are still out there, and they seem to go under Twitter handles that are some sort of variation of "Pizza Plug." If you're looking for a deal, be careful out there, lest you get plugged with a criminal record or, arguably worse, tased.