This fake coupon posing as a Bed Bath & Beyond offer is a phishing attempt preying on Mother’s Day shoppers.
It’s too good to be true.
A Facebook post claiming to offer a $75 coupon to Bed Bath & Beyond coupon for Mother’s Day is fake, according to the myth-busting website Snopes.
The post, which began making the rounds on Facebook in April, is a phishing attempt. It asks users to share the fake coupon before directing to a simple survey that serves to gather sensitive materials like email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and credit card information.
The user never gets a coupon; instead they just give up their personal information. Bed, Bed & Beyond issued a response to the scam on April 27, disavowing any connection to it — though the coupon continues to spread on Facebook feeds.
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Similar fake coupons from Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, IKEA and more have also floating around on social media.
On its website, the Better Business Bureau offers advice to help consumers avoid falling victim to fake coupon scams. The tips include:
– Beware of pop-up offers.
– Make sure the coupon is legitimate.
– Make sure the coupon will be honored.
– Beware of required phone calls.
The BBB also told Snopes that consumers should remember that fake coupons are easy to make and are often convincing, but legitimate businesses do not ask for credit card or bank information in surveys.