As a report BuzzFeed News explains, multiple people devised the elaborate scheme last week with the intention of luring undocumented immigrants to Starbucks locations with the phony discounts and alerting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. They called the plot "Operation #borderfreecoffee day" and some users discussed specific words and phrases on the fake ads to maximize their potential to mislead people. At this point, it's safe to say that plan has been foiled.
Meanwhile, Starbucks' real, legitimate, official 'Meet for Macchiatos' deal is available at most of the coffee giant's locations through Monday, August 7, and is open to everyone in the US. Then again, if this latest internet scam has killed your appetite, well, we don't blame you.