There is a Facebook scam that is now making its second round. It claims to offer $50 off coupons for Mother’s Day from Lowe’s Home Improvement. Lowe’s has confirmed that this is officially a SCAM and that they do not offer any such coupon.
DO NOT CLICK. When you see this on Facebook, you have instantly become a potential target. Under no certain circumstances should you even consider clicking that link.
If you do try to click and claim this coupon, you will be taken to a website that LOOKS like it is an official Lowe’s survey site.
It is not the real Lowe’s site and has no affiliation with them whatsoever. The only way to discern that it is a fake is by paying close attention to the URL in your browser’s address bar.
This page is designed to steal any information that you enter.
There have been swarms of pop-up ads all over the web that are all a guise to steal information. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
“Please be careful when responding to any pop up ad either online or via social media; as, more often than not, the offer of gift cards or other prizes to customer’s in the guise of a specific company are set up to get your personal information for nefarious purposes.”
The Better Business Bureau offers these tips for helping you identify a scam on Facebook:
Don’t believe what you see. It’s easy to steal the colors, logos and header of an established organization. Scammers can also make links look like they lead to legitimate websites and emails appear to come from a different sender.
Watch out for a reward that’s too good to be true. If the survey is real, you may be entered in a drawing to win a gift card or receive a small discount off your next purchase. Few businesses can afford to give away $50 gift cards for completing a few questions.