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May 23

More fake coupons popping up

Another week means more fake coupons popping up on social media.

Have you seen that Kohl’s coupon offer on Facebook?  It’s a clickbait scam.

Scammers are again posing as a well-known retailer to try and get people to click on the link, possibly opening themselves up to malware.

Kohl's scam

Again, scammers are trying to get access to your Facebook friends list with a fake offer!

All of the tell-tale scams signs are there:

The URL:web address for fake kohls

Kohl’s URL:

kohls real

And Kohl’s response to an inquiry about the offer:

Kohls response

BBB recommends the following when it comes to avoiding clickbait on social media:

Don’t take the bait. Stay away from promotions of “exclusive” or “one time offer.” If it is too good to be true, it’s probably a scam.

When in doubt, check it out. Go to the retailer’s page or to the website to see if there is any offer there that looks identical to the offer on social media.

Don’t trust your “friends” online. It might not actually be your friends who are “liking” or sharing scam links to photos. Their account may have been hacked and scammers could be using another tactic called “clickjacking.” (Clickjacking is a technique that scammers use to trick you into clicking on social media links on which you would not usually click.)

 

 

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