With the unsettling political atmosphere we have going on in the world, Americans already have enough issues and stresses on their plate. But sadly, with many crooks using the internet as a tool to rip people off, we have a whole new set of problems to deal with as we go about our daily lives. But luckily, this alarming scam was caught in time, and with your help, you can help spread the world about the demented new thing that criminals are doing, while using one of America’s largest companies as a front.
America’s Freedom Fighters was the first to begin circulating the information about an alarming Facebook scam that many users are falling for, as it looks completely legitimate on the surface. An offer that appears to be from Lowe’s Home Improvement store offers customers a $50 coupon to use just in time for Mother’s Day.
After clicking the post, potential customers are then taken to what appears to be an official Lowe’s survey site, where most people miss that the URL in their window is not the official address of the home improvement website. Unassuming users then put their information into the survey thinking that they’re about to get a nice little coupon. But it’s all designed as a sinister plot to steal your information, and wipe out your entire bank account.
As America’s Freedom Fighters reported, here’s what the survey looks like:
Customers on Facebook have been asking Lowe’s whether or not the coupon is valid, and Lowe’s has confirmed this coupon and website is definitely a scam.
As a result of a similar coupon scam, Lowe’s responded by issuing this statement:
“Please be careful when responding to any pop up ad either online or via social media; as, more often than not, the offer of gift cards or other prizes to customer’s in the guise of a specific company are set up to get your personal information for nefarious purposes.”
As is the case with many coupons and ‘too good to be true’ offers on Facebook, this one is a phishing scam designed to steal your information and reel in your Facebook friends as well. So, don’t fall for it!
A good way to know if a coupon or offer is legit:
Go to the company’s Facebook official page and see if the offer is posted there.
If it is not posted, look on the company’s official website, and see if there are any details there.
If the coupon is not posted in either of those places, it is likely not legitimate, but you could also contact the company directly to know for sure.
Note that if you ever click on one of these fake offers, you could be putting your data and security at risk. Stay safe, and avoid clicking on fraudulent posts.
Scams similar to this have made their rounds on Facebook in the past, but these cams all have two very telling thing sin common: The companies mentioned in the posts are not participating in the promotion, and there is really no coupon at all. To avoid falling victim to scams like this in the future, the Better Business Bureau offers these following tips for helping you identify Facebook scams:
- Don’t believe what you see. It’s easy to steal the colors, logos and header of an established organization. Scammers can also make links look like they lead to legitimate websites and emails appear to come from a different sender.
- Watch out for a reward that’s too good to be true. If the survey is real, you may be entered in a drawing to win a gift card or receive a small discount off your next purchase. Few businesses can afford to give away $50 gift cards for completing a few questions.
People are such jerks. Be sure to help get the word out about this latest scam and alert your friends and family!