Internet scammers are again. This time, posing as Aldi, a well-known grocery store, trying to get people to click on a potentially harmful link. At first glance, it looks like a legitimate coupon:
The company posted a warning on its Facebook page in response to the offer:
There are several tell-tale signs of clickbait on a fake page/offer, including:
Poor grammar/spelling. Legitimate companies do not share posts on social media with spelling, capitalization, and common grammar errors.
Check the URL. Most legitimate companies have a very simple web address. If you hover over the hyperlink and the website address looks fishy, don’t click it.
Is the offer too good to be true? It probably is! Most companies don’t offer large discounts for free. While it would be nice, remember, the ultimate goal of the scammer is to get a hold of your personal information or access to your Facebook friends list or in some cases, access to your computer or device.
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 an 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).