You may have seen a flyer around Boston with a picture of an old Buick Regal on it.
The flyer looks like a “lost and found” type of flyer with the headline: “Need a car? ‘Date’ our son.” It includes several pull tabs that include the email address you need to contact them for “serious inquiries only.”
From the surface, the flyer seems to be a couple looking for someone to date their son who is getting ready to head to college. They explain that he’s a shy type of person who needs to break out of his shell.
In exchange for the “date” the couple promises to deliver a 2004 Buick Regal that is clean, rust-free and only has 40,000 miles on it.
After sending an email to that address, you will receive an automated response. It says “Thanks for your interest in ‘dating’ our son.” It then goes into detail about how they’ve had so many responses and they’ll be choosing the “winner” on March 9th.
The email is signed “Allison & Laird.” So, just who are these people? Is this flyer legit? Are Allison & Laird really looking for someone to “date” their son or is this some kind of marketing ploy for an unknown product? After doing a little digging, this is what we found.
There is a Facebook page dedicated to this flyer.
The page is listed as an “advertising/marketing” page. It went from zero likes yesterday afternoon to now 356. The page was created on March 3. The page is also running ads. Facebook always says they are transparent with their pages, therefore telling the audience if a page is being boosted by paid ads. This one certainly is.
So, the bottom line here is: not everything is what it appears to be. This flyer is most likely an advertisement for a product. Is it a movie? Maybe a Buick commercial? We will most likely find out on March 9th which is when Allison and Laird say they’ll be making their decision. Stay tuned.