Starbucks is battling fake viral ads promising free drinks to people who stream Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga songs

Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC ImagesTaylor Swift fans have created a Starbucks hoax.

Taylor Swift fans are trying to convince more people to listen to the singer’s music with a fake Starbucks deal.

On Friday, Swift released a new single and video called “ME!” The song represents a fresh start for Swift after her darker “Reputation” era.

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Fans celebrated the arrival of the new music. But some super fans decided to take things a bit too far on social media, posting about a fake Starbucks deal called #MEBUCKS.

According to a number of Twitter users, if people screenshot themselves listening to “ME!” and posted the image on Twitter or Instagram, they have the chance to get a free drink from Starbucks.^tfw

Despite people claiming to have gotten free drinks, Starbucks maintains that the deal is nothing but a hoax.

“This is not a valid Starbucks offer, and this screenshot is fake,” the Starbucks Twitter account posted a number of times on Friday. “To confirm any Starbucks promotion, you can check your Starbucks app, reach out to our customer care line, or ask your Starbucks barista.”

The #MEBUCKS hashtag seems to be a Taylor Swift-inspired spin on another hoax from early March, sparked by Lady Gaga’s fans on social media.

At the time, Lady Gaga’s fans, who refer to themselves as “Little Monsters,” were trying to help “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” nab the top spot on the Billboard charts. Fans circulated the fake #SHALLOWBUCKS deal calling for people to post screenshots of themselves listening to “Shallow” in order to get a free drink from Starbucks, The Fader reported.

People on Twitter are now poking fun at both scams.^tfw

In fact, Starbucks has made a deal with only one pop star in 2019: Ariana Grande.

In March, soon after the #SHALLOWBUCKS hoax, Starbucks launched the “Cloud Macchiato” with the help of Grande. Grande posted about the drink on social media and worked with Starbucks to create a playlist to be played in stores.

“Supported only with the social media strategy – that was the second most viral Starbucks campaign ever – Cloud Macchiato launched in March to great success, exceeding our expectations and driving incremental customer occasions,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said on a call with investors on Thursday.

In conclusion: Ariana Grande’s Starbucks deal was a massive success. Lady Gaga’s and Taylor Swift’s Starbucks deals are fake.

Sorry, Starbucks lovers!

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