An Aldi $100 coupon scam hit Facebook this week.
The $100 coupon scam offered a $100 discount on a purchase of $120 from German grocery chain Aldi. To take advantage of the scam offer, users needed to share the post, then comment. They were promised a $100 Aldi coupon. Because they were asked for personal information, the users really received were credit card and subscription offers.
Since brands are easily duplicated, it is easy to make it look like the offer actually comes from the company being advertised. The image of the coupon used was very similar to an actual Aldi coupon said WTRF.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Better Business Bureau said the easiest way to avoid being scammed by offers like this is to do your research before taking advantage of any offers online. When internet users receive offers like this, it’s a good idea to open a new browser window and go directly to the actual site. Sites that offer coupons will have their offers listed on their sites. If an offer looks like it is too good to be true, as in the case of the Aldi $100 coupon, it probably is. Be careful in giving out personal information.
As previously reported in Inquisitr, another major scam was the Starbucks gift card scam.
Scams are a common problem on Facebook, so it’s a good idea to be aware of these scams to avoid getting burned. According to Adweek, there are seven things to look for that will help you avoid scams like the Aldi $100 coupon scam.
First, make sure that the Facebook fan page is verified. The easiest way to do this is to look for the blue checkmark. Only official brands will have this. Official brands also have a period after the name used on the page. Often scammers will use an underscore instead. Scam pages don’t link to the official website, and it’s often classified as a community page.
Other things to look for include activity on the page. Scam pages will usually only have one post on the page, and this is the scam post. Since there’s usually only one post, there will usually be low engagement on the page. Pages like Aldi will have a lot of active users.
Typing the URL of the website into the browser is one way to locate the actual site. If this doesn’t yield results, then do a search in Google to find the actual url of the website. This will yield the actual corporate website and can lead users to the actual fan pages and social sites for a company.
Scams like the Aldi $100 coupon scam aren’t new, and as more users come online, it’s easy for those new to the internet to get scammed. The best way to avoid these scams is to Google the company you want to do business with. If it is a scam, the reports will show up or check the Better Business Bureau.
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