How to Recognize and Avoid Facebook Coupon Scams

How to Recognize and Avoid Facebook Coupon Scams

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  • Facebook Coupon Scams are rearing their ugly heads again. This time in the form of $80 off at grocery store chains, Publix and H-E-B.
  • Facebook coupon scams will ask for private information and sometimes have you signup for a credit card before “giving” you the coupon.
  • Publix and H-E-B have issued statements that the Facebook coupons using their company’s name are indeed fake.
  • Avoid coupon scams by asking three questions: 1) are they asking for private information, 2) is the company’s Facebook page verified, and 3) does it sound too good to be true?

Have you ever heard of a deal that’s “too good to be true”? The assumption is that your answer is yes. It’s not just a cliche no matter how much the phrase gets tossed around. Most people expect to sacrifice time, money, or resources in order to receive something that’s valuable to them—so you would think.

Receiving something for nothing is not how the world works. So why do so many people fall for social media scams? Especially fake coupons that offer $80-$100 discounts from well-known stores. Continuing reading to find out how to recognize and avoid Facebook coupon scams.

What is a Facebook Coupon Scam?

A Facebook coupon scam is one in which you click a digital coupon that you saw while scrolling through your account that redirects you to a webpage to complete three or four steps. Once these steps are complete, you’ll receive your coupon via email and be on your way to huge savings…

Except, that’s a lie. That’s not what happens at all.

Typically, you’ll be redirected—again—to another webpage in order to take a survey. Then more information will be required like your address, phone number, and date of birth. To top it off, you’ll be required to sign-up for a credit card in order to be eligible for the “free coupon.”

At the end of it all, you’ve given away some private information, applied for a credit card you didn’t need and still have no coupon. Certainly a lose-lose conclusion to this story.

Recent Facebook Coupon Scams

The most recent Facebook coupon scam is offering users $80 off at the Florida-based grocery chain, Publix. The company posted the following response on Twitter warning customers of the fake coupon: “Please be aware that the coupon is not supported by Publix and is not valid at any of our locations. We recommend that you do not participate in the promotion or provide your personal information.”

Facebook users have also started seeing free coupons for H-E-B, another popular supermarket chain based in Texas, offering $80 off as well. The coupons are promoting the store’s 50th anniversary although it was founded in 1905. It seems that scammers should focus more on their math skills than trying to rip people off.

How to Avoid Facebook Coupon Scams

If you come across a Facebook coupon from a reputable company, you’ll want to ask yourself the following questions before proceeding.

  • Am I being redirected and asked for personal information? If you answer yes, then it’s a scam. Coupons should not be difficult to receive. Coupons are given out via email, in-store, and on company websites all the time. It should be very simple to find and use a coupon. If a coupon requires personal information and a third-party website, you’re getting duped.

 

  • Is the company’s Facebook page verified? It’s really simple to determine whether a Facebook page is verified or not. Just look for the blue circle with a white checkmark inside. Any coupon that a company offers on Facebook should send you to their official Facebook page or website to learn more.

 

  • Does the coupon seem too good to be true? This previously mentioned phrase is often the silver bullet. Do not believe everything that you see and hear. Company logos and information can be downloaded from anywhere and used to look legit. If the amount of the coupon exceeds $5-$20 off a certain purchase, it’s more than likely fake. $80 off at a grocery store is practically giving food away.