The latest Facebook scam has to do with Bed Bath and Beyond.
The post being circulated claims that Bed Bath and Beyond is offering $75 off “coupons” for Mother’s Day. The “coupon” first appeared in April and displays a domain name that is not part of the chain’s legitimate website, according to Snopes.
The link reportedly takes Facebook users to a fraudulent website acting as part of Bed Bath & Beyond and instructs visitors to follow instructions.
Bed Bath and Beyond posted a statement regarding the scam on Facebook Friday:
We know some of our customers are excited about this $75 offer circulating on Facebook. However, we all know some things are too good to be true! We are sorry for any confusion and disappointment this fake coupon has caused. We are partnering with Facebook to have these coupons removed. Thank you for your understanding!
This scam is almost the exact same as earlier schemes targeting Home Depot, Lowe’s, Costco, Amazon, and Kroger shoppers.
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.