Beware of Mother’s Day Coupon Scams

Posted on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 4:44 pm
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Scam sign from PixabayIn the United States, Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday in May. This year, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, 2017. People are looking for great gifts that they can give to their moms. Unfortunately, scammers are trying to take advantage of this situation. Beware of Mother’s Day coupon scams!

Many of this year’s Mother’s Day coupon scams are appearing on Facebook. One of them is a fake Lowe’s coupon that supposedly gives the coupon holder $50 off their next purchase. It is aimed toward people who have mothers who like to DIY.

The scam involving a fake Lowe’s coupon is a phishing scam. People assume the coupon is real because someone they trust posted it on Facebook. When a person clicks on the link connected to the fake coupon, they are asked to fill out a survey.

The survey asks for personal information. People think that they are giving that information to Lowe’s – but they are really giving it to a scammer. Just clicking on the link to that survey is dangerous because it could enable a scammer to put malware on someone’s computer.

The scam requires people to fill out the survey before they can get the too-good-to-be-true coupon. They also have to share the fake Lowe’s coupon post on Facebook (or whatever social media website they saw it on). People assume they will receive the coupon after doing those things. In this case, it appears that absolutely no one is receiving the coupon.

Even if they did receive the coupon, they couldn’t use it. People who use fake coupons are engaging in coupon fraud and could face serious legal consequences. Being unaware that the coupon was fake does not excuse the crime.

There is also a fake Bed Bath & Beyond coupon that is being passed around on social media right now. This fake coupon says that it gives a person $75 off their purchase. Bed Bath & Beyond has made a statement that the too-good-to-be-true coupon that is going around Facebook did not come from them. They are working with Facebook to have that fake coupon removed from the social media site.

If you see a Mother’s Day coupon scam on Facebook, you should report it. Don’t click on the link of anything that seems fishy. Report the scam to Facebook so they become aware of it.

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