Wegmans, the popular supermarket chain is warning people about a scam involving phony Facebook postings that appear to be from Wegmans containing the company logo (which is easy to copy) and promising a free $100 voucher as a way to celebrate Wegmans 100th anniversary. Phony coupon scams, which turn up regularly on Facebook, often require you to provide information in order to claim your coupon. Unfortunately, this information, which may include your credit card number or Social Security number, will be used to make you a victim of identity theft. Even worse, however, is what happens when merely by clicking on the link to claim your coupon you unwittingly download keystroke logging malware software that harvests all of your computer’s information and makes you a victim of identity theft.
As always, if the offer looks too good to be true, it probably is, so a bit of skepticism is in order. In this particular case, offering free $100 vouchers to every customer definitely is too good to be true. If you are routed to a survey, don’t take it and make sure that you do not enter personal information that could lead to your identity being stolen. Also, a bit of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so make sure that your computer security software is up to date. Finally, the best course is to never click on links promising coupons unless you are absolutely sure that the coupon is legitimate. Instead, merely go to the real website of the real company and if there are coupons to be had, you will find them there.