Once again a Facebook scam has made its rounds. Costco says the $75 coupon circulating on the social media site is a scam.
Snopes.com declares that the scam promises users the coupon if they complete a number of surveys and share the post on their Facebook account.
As a part of the surveys, users were also asked to provide personal identifying information to include their name, address and phone number.
On Tuesday, Costco posted to Facebook thanking fans and members to alerting them to the scam:
“While we love our fans and our members, this offer is a SCAM, and in no way affiliated with Costco. Thanks to our fans for letting us know about this recurring hoax!”
Costco provided the following guidance for spotting not being taken in by scammers:
— Never respond to emails that cannot be verified.
— Never provide personal information via e-mail.
— Contact the business by using legitimate phone numbers to verify the request.
— Enter websites using your browser and not by clicking on provided links.
— Be cautious of any solicitation requesting that you deposit a check or pay a fee to collect a prize, get a job, or cover vaguely described “costs.”
If you have been targeted by phishing or scamming, Costco asks that you to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or to consider filing a report with the Federal Trade Comission.
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