Scam Alert: Kohl's $75 off coupon is too good to be true
If you're a savvy shopper always looking for a deal beware of this "steal" of a coupon popping up on Facebook feeds across the country!
The coupon is promising the customer $75 off a purchase of $80 or more through Tuesday May 31, 2016. The voucher says the offer is in honor of the store's 56th anniversary, although we have seen a few that say 55th anniversary.
(Fun fact: The first Kohl's store was a supermarket opened in 1946, which would be 70 years ago. The company's first department store opened in September 1962 or 54 years ago.)
I know what you're saying -- "But it looks so real!"
Here's the simple trick that immediately lets you know it's a fraud in disguise. Just check the URL.
Often times the URL linked in the post will contain the company name along with a string of letters/numbers and lead to a site other than the company's official page. Real coupons will always be linked to the company's official website.
In this case, the link at the bottom says "www.Kohls.com-USonly.com." For reference, the company's official website is www.Kohls.com.
Posts about the fake freebies take over social media feeds so often the Better Business Bureau devoted an entire section warning about the claims.
Here's what they say:
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.
When in doubt, do a quick web search. If the survey is a scam, you may find alerts or complaints from other consumers. The organization's real website may have further information.
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.
So, now that you know these tricks, refrain from hitting the "share" button. It may seem like you're spreading the wealth, but really you could be opening up yourself and friends to the possibility of viruses or ransomware.