Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 7:00 am
People who love using coupons are often searching for the very best deal. If they aren’t careful, this can lead them to clicking on links for coupons that look real but turn out to be fake. Here are some tips to help you avoid fake coupons on social media.
Don’t Click the Link
Not sure if a coupon is real or fake? Don’t click the link that accompanies that coupon on social media. That link could take you to a website that puts malware onto your computer.
That link could be to a survey that asks you to put in all of you personal information. People fill out the survey because they think they will end up with a fantastic coupon when they finish it. What happens instead is the person is tricked into giving out their email address, home address, phone number, and more to an unscrupulous company. The coupon, if it appears, will be a fake one.
Check With the Manufacturer
The first thing you should do if you see a coupon that looks too good to be true is to check with the manufacturer. Find the real Facebook page, or Twitter account, for the manufacturer and see if the coupon appears there. You have to be very careful about this on social media because deceitful people can, and do, create accounts designed to trick people into thinking it is the real manufacturer’s account. Some go so far as to steal the company’s logo and put it on their fake account.
The best thing to do, when you are questioning a coupon you saw on social media, is to leave the social media website and seek out the manufacturer’s website. Look for the part of their website that has coupons. The real manufacturer won’t post fake coupons. If the coupon you were seeking isn’t on the real manufacturer’s website – it means it was a fake coupon.
It is very important that you check to see if the coupon is fake before you share it on social media. Many people share things without investigating them first. Don’t help the scammers spread their fake coupon to more people.
Check the Local News
In general, the local news outlets are better at picking up stories about fake coupons than are the big, nationwide, news sources. Tune in to your local nightly news on TV. Check the website of your local news channel. They might have information about the fake coupon you found on social media. Share the news story that warns people away from the fake coupon on your social media account.