$50 Lowe's coupon on Facebook is a scam

Published: Apr. 25, 2017 at 6:09 AM CDT
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It's almost Mother's Day, and many of us are searching for that perfect gift for mom or grandma.

Don't be fooled by fake coupons for Mother's Day savings spreading around social media.

The big one that's going around Facebook right now is a fake $50 coupon for Lowe's Home Improvement. It looks legit, but it's definitely too good to be true.

When you click on the link to get the coupon, it will take you to a survey that will attempt to steal your information. It also asks you to share the post so you put your friends at risk, too.

And that coupon--it's no good at Lowe's.

The company says this is a phishing scam and not affiliated with the home improvement store.

These coupon schemes look very tempting, but they are nothing new. A similar fake coupon for Kohl's circulates every so often.

If you come across a coupon offer on Facebook and aren't sure if it's the real deal, the Better Business Bureau has these tips to spot a scam:

--Don't believe what you see. It's easy to steal the colors, logos, and header of any other established organization. Scammers can also make links look like they lead to legitimate websites and emails appear to come from a different sender.

--Legitimate businesses do not ask for credit card numbers or banking information for coupons or giveaways. If they do ask for personal information, like an address or email, be sure there's a link to their privacy policy.

--When in doubt, do a quick web search. If the giveaway is a scam, this is likely to reveal an alert or bring you to the organization's real website, where they may have posted further information.

---Watch out for a reward that's too good to be true. Businesses typically give out small discounts to entice customers. If the offer seems too good to be true (a $100 voucher or 50% discount) it may be a scam.

--Look for a mismatched subject line and email body. Many of these scams have an email subject line promising one thing, but the content of the email is something completely different


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