We all know there's a fake Kohl's Black Friday coupon circulating social media but you might even realize all the other scams that are just like it.

Maybe you see this, maybe you haven't, but be warned... there's a fake coupon circulating Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. There's a $150 coupon good for Black Friday online deals floating around but don't even bother stopping on it. It's fake.

You view the coupon here but, again, it's fake. Snopes.com confirmed this and made mention of something else you might not be aware of. There a multiple scams being shared that are almost exactly the same as the Kohl's deal. Here's a way to avoid them; stop doing online surveys offering too-good-to-be-true gift cards.

According to Snopes, this is what's happening:

First, scammers set up look-alike websites and social media pages that mimic those of legitimate companies in order to promote scams advertising free gift cards or coupons. Users who respond to those fake offers are required to share a website link or social media post in order to spread the scam more widely and lure in additional victims. Then those users are presented with a “survey” that extracts personal information such as email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and even sometimes credit card numbers. Finally, those who wish to claim their “free” gift cards or coupons eventually learn they must first sign up to purchase a number of costly goods, services, or subscriptions (negating the “free” aspect of the offer).

Snopes.com backs this claim with information straight from Better Business Bureau,

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.

Legitimate businesses do not ask for credit card numbers or banking information on customer surveys. If they do ask for personal information, like an address or email, be sure there’s a link to their privacy policy.

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.

Read up on similar scams here and happy shopping!


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