Let’s face it, we all love deals, and when an ad conveniently pops up on Facebook, it’s hard not to click it.
But the Better Business Bureau is warning about a coupon scam that’s making its way back to our news feeds.
The BBB says fake coupons are popping up on social media sites, offering really good discounts like 50% of at Target or $100 of at Aldi’s.
The coupons are not real, but rather, a way for scammers to steal your personal information, and of course, your money.
The fake coupon ads usually require users to fill out some type of survey to redeem their so-called coupon, allowing scammers to gain access to personal information and bank accounts.
While some ads are real, it’s important to be skeptical before clicking on online coupons.
The BBB says to do the following before trying to snag a deal:
-Always double check the company’s website to see if the coupon is listed.
-Never fill out surveys that ask for your personal information.
-Don’t share or like links to your own page unless you have confirmed that it’s real. Often times, scammers can make money if they get enough likes or shares.
-Look at the expiration date. Most coupons have one and typically, the bigger the deal, the quicker it expires.
-Verify the source. Make sure the URL address isn’t a bunch of letters and numbers, but rather a legitimate website.
-Remember there should be an “s” after the “http” to indicate that the website is secure, otherwise it could be a phishing attempt to get your personal information or to install malware on your computer.
The Coupon Information Center has a full list of fake online coupons on their website.