Have McDonald's and Burger King Merged? Of course not.
In my inbox today (not in the SPAM box, either!) this missive. I am not sure whether it is SPAM or a con or not. After all, "MacDonald" often gives away Burger King gift cards! By the way, here's a fast-food tip: Next time you are at MacDonald, check out the "clearance section" as marked-down leftover cheeseburgers are a good bargain!
UPDATE: I received the same SPAM e-mail again, but this time from "McDonald's" and not "MacDonald" and offering a $100 McDonald's gift card. Apparently scammers are reading my blog! And yes, it is a scam. But sadly, if you use the McDonald's "app" the e-mail looks a lot like the legit messages you will get from the real McDonald's. I suspect more than one person will be taken in.
The scam? Who knows? Maybe just e-mail address harvesting. Or you "sign up" and are told next week that you "won" but they need a credit card number or a payment to mail or "process" the card. Or they just ask for identification data - social security numbers and so forth.
No matter what, it is a scam, and you would be foolish to respond to it.
UPDATE: Sadly, it seems that the real McDonald's app is also a scam. You place an order and get... nothing!