How to Spot a Fake Coupon: Phishing scams - don't be fooled.
Over the past weekend, we have seen a variety of FAKE COUPONS appearing on facebook. What is even worse, is the number of people who have fallen victim to the scam - many who should have known better. These fake coupons will generally take you to a page asking you to complete information to get the coupon. The perpetrators behind these scams are out to collect your information - and not for good reasons.
Recently we have seen fake coupons for Shoppers Drug Mart, Sobeys, Lowes, and more. When you click on these links, like or share, you are now putting your friends, family and connections at risk of falling prey to the same scam.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind before clicking that link:
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. What business would offer such an awesome coupon?
Check the url of the post: If the coupon is a discount from Sobeys, the URL (website address) should be from Sobeys
The coupon post should have originated from the facebook page of the company offering the coupon. You will find the coupon on their page if they initiated it.
Visit the company's website (many times the coupon would be available on their website as well if legitimate).
Trust your instincts - that little voice saying this can't be real, is probably right.
We ran across this article from Brad's Deals - you will find more detailed information to look for in spotting fake coupons and posts...
The author's at Brad's Deals also recommend checking out Snopes - a myth busting website.... How many have you been duped by?