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BBB warns of new round of fake retail coupons hitting social media

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The most frequently distributed fake coupons claim to be from Bath & Body Works, Costco, Aldi, Starbucks, and Trader Joe’s.

These promotions often times offer cards or coupons for $100 plus free merchandise, especially if you share the link on social media, according to the BBB. The coupon link often takes consumers to a third-party website that asks for the person’s information to get the coupon or voucher, which results in downloading viruses or malware.

 

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I'm always surprised how many people repost these fake ads in Facebook. Like United is going to give away free airfare to everyone that reposts their post -- yeah, right.

Kurt
 

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Call me naive, but I just can't imagine starting the day with the thought... "How can I rip off someone today." (I guess I should be thankful my mind doesn't work that way.)
 

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I'm always surprised how many people repost these fake ads in Facebook. Like United is going to give away free airfare to everyone that reposts their post -- yeah, right.

Kurt
I'm afraid as long as there are those that are naive enough to be taken in by these, there will be those that will continue to exploit them. ;)
 
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I'm afraid as long as there are those that are naive enough to be taken in by these, there will be those that will continue to exploit them. ;)

That statement fits for some retail timeshare sales too.
 

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Not sure why you would ever need to use a fake Bed Bath and Beyond coupon. I am swimming in those as they honor expired coupons. And we get new ones in the mail at least a couple times a month.

As for the $100 in free merch offers. I get so much spam telling me I can get a gift card for doing a survey, or some other stupid thing. It never comes directly from the retailer. If it isn't caught by the spam filter, it goes to the trash.
 
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