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