Fact Check: Shell Is NOT Offering Gas Cards, Gift Cards On Social Media

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Shell Is NOT Offering Gas Cards, Gift Cards On Social Media False Ad

Is Shell gas company doing a giveaway of $500 gas cards for $1.95 or a $250 gas card after completing a survey? No, that's not true: A spokesperson for Shell responded to Lead Stories by email on June 15, 2022, saying that Shell is not providing either of these services. There is no evidence on Shell's website of the company participating in either of these giveaways.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post on June 13, 2022. The post reads:

Gas prices are getting too high โš ๏ธโ—๏ธ Shell is helping by contributing $500 Gas Cards for only $1.95. ๐—–๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ '๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„' & ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐Ÿ”ฅ๏ธโคต๏ธ

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Jun 15 17:22:27 2022 UTC)

A link at the bottom of the post takes users to a website with the URL gaspromocards.website. There is a different promotion seen once on the gaspromocards.website site. The website tells users that they can win a $250 gift card after completing a survey, instead of the $500 gas card seen in the Facebook post.

There is no evidence on Shell's official website, shell.com, that Shell is offering gas cards or gift cards to people because of high gas prices (here and here are search results on Shell's website that show no relevant results).

Natalie Gunnell, Shell's spokesperson, responded to a Lead Stories inquiry about the claim. In an email on June 15, 2022, she wrote:

We were very concerned to learn the Shell brand was being used fraudulently and reported the page immediately to Facebook, so the ads could be taken down. We can confirm these ads are falsely purporting to be Shell by imitating the brand, as we are not providing those services claimed in these Facebook ads. Patrons can save at the pump via our Fuel Rewards program. For more information please visit: https://www.fuelrewards.com/.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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