Beware of Coupons that Sound Too Good to be True
Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at 7:00 am
Find the best coupons, and you will save the most money, right? It is understandable why people would get excited about a coupon that saves them $100. Coupons like that are too good to be true. Here are some tips about how to avoid getting scammed.
Avoiding Fake Coupons
Recently, there was what appeared to be a deal that would give people a $100 ALDI promo coupon. It said that people could get this $100 coupon if they spent more than $120 and completed two more steps online. It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
This deal was offered on a Facebook page that had the ALDI logo on it. People were asked to give personal details (such as their name, address, and phone number). They were then asked to leave a comment and share the ad on Facebook. People were also asked to sign up for credit cards and other subscriptions on order to qualify for this coupon.
You probably can guess what happened. The $100 coupon never arrived. It was all a scam designed to obtain people’s information for the purpose of identify theft.
How can you avoid being tricked by a coupon that sounds too good to be true? First, you need to realize that just because you see a store’s logo on a Facebook page, that doesn’t mean it really is connected with that store. Anyone can post a logo.
Second, before you give out any personal information, you should check with the store that is supposedly offering the coupon. In this case, people could have called up their local ALDI and asked if they were really giving out coupons that would save people $100. Believe the answer that the store manager gives you.
Third, you could rely on your “gut feeling”. The coupon said it would give people $100 in savings if they spent at least $120. Stores don’t make coupons that result in the store taking such a big loss. If it sounds too good to be true, it is very likely a scam.
Another, similar, scam involved a fake coupon for Kroger. In this case, Kroger posted a warning on their Facebook page about the fake coupon. They made it clear that the coupon was not affiliated with Kroger and tried to warn people against sharing their personal information with whoever was behind the scam.
The Coupon Information Corporation points out some signs of a coupon scam. One question they ask is “Does it sound too good to be true?” If so, then that coupon is a scam and you should stay away from it.