VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Robinsons Supermarket NOT handing out gift bags online


A fan page on Facebook (FB) pretending to be affiliated with Robinsons Supermarket has duped thousands of netizens into interacting with its posts, claiming to give away gift bags for the grocery chain’s “anniversary.”

Three such fake posts by FB page 𝙍𝙤𝙗𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙎𝙪𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙚𝙩 𝙁𝙖𝙣𝙨 read: 

Upang ipagdiwang ang kaarawan ng @Robinsons Supermarket, padadalhan ka namin ng Custom na Gift Bag. Sa lahat ng sumulat ng “Love Robinsons Supermarket” bago ang April 25, 2023. Good luck 🎁

(To celebrate the anniversary of Robinsons Supermarket, we will give a custom gift bag to everyone who writes ‘Love Robinsons Supermarket’ before April 25, 2023. Good luck.)

The bogus FB page added in the comment section that netizens must share the raffle posts to 10 other FB groups to claim their prize.

Robinsons Supermarket did not post such a gimmick.

On Jan. 18 via its official FB page, it warned netizens not to participate in raffle promos by unofficial pages and advised the public to check the chain’s official social media accounts.

The same fake FB page has been fact-checked by VERA Files in February for claiming to give away refrigerators.

One of the photos used in the bogus posts allegedly shows the gift bag prizes. Not true, according to reverse image search.

The photo, captured on May 18, 2020 at a warehouse in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, shows food packs distributed to Indonesians during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Screenshot of photo of food aid packs being prepared for distribution in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia in May 2020

The supermarket chain, which has over 300 stores in the country, celebrates its anniversary every August and not in April as claimed.

𝙍𝙤𝙗𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙎𝙪𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙚𝙩 𝙁𝙖𝙣𝙨 was originally created on Feb. 7, 2022 under the name Outdoor Perfection. It is currently handled by a user from Indonesia, its FB Transparency Page reveals. 

The bogus posts, which appeared on April 15, 2023, Dec. 2, 2022, and Nov. 22, 2022, got over 3,070 reactions, 11,900 comments, and 10,400 shares collectively. The latest post appeared two days after Robinsons Supermarket promotedproducts on its official page.

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