Scam of the day – May 11, 2017 – Bed Bath and Beyond coupon scam

Bed Bath and Beyond is the latest company to be used as a lure by scammers through phony coupons appearing on your Facebook page.  The Coupon, reproduced below promises a $75 dollar discount for Mother’s Day, but don’t click on it.  If you click on it, your are prompted to provide information to a survey in order to receive your coupon, but there is no coupon and the information you provide may be used to make you a victim of identity theft.

Bed Bath & Beyond warns customers about Mother’s Day coupon scam

TIPS

No company could cover the cost of giving away vast numbers of $75 coupons although sometimes participants in legitimate surveys are promised a chance to win a coupon in a drawing.  Facebook is a favorite venue for scammers to use for this type of scam because often unwary victims will unwittingly share the scam with their friends.  If you have doubts about the legitimacy of a coupon, the best place to go is to the company’s website to see what real coupons are being offered.  For Bed Bath and Beyond you can also call their customer service number of 1-800- GO-BEYOND to confirm the legitimacy of any their coupons.

Scam of the day – April 30, 2017 – Facebook Mother’s Day coupon scam

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and scammers are taking advantage of this with phony $50 Lowe’s coupons that are turning up on Facebook pages luring people with the promise of the free coupon into providing information to a phony survey where the only goal is to gather personal information that will be used by the scammers for purposes of identity theft. Here is a copy of the coupon as it is appearing on Facebook.

lowes coupon scam Lowes $50 Mothers Day Coupon Is A Scam

While this particular scam uses a free $50 coupon from Lowe’s as the basis of the scam, similar scams have used phony coupons for Home Depot, Target, Ikea and others.

TIPS

No company could cover the cost of giving away vast numbers of $50 coupons although sometimes participants in legitimate surveys are promised a chance to win a coupon in a drawing.  Facebook is a favorite venue for scammers to use for this type of scam because often unwary victims will unwittingly share the scam with their friends.  If you have doubts about the legitimacy of a coupon, the best place to go is to the company’s website to see what real coupons are being offered.