Post being shared across Facebook claims that you can click a link to get a free Kohl’s coupon valued at $75.
The post is not associated with Kohl’s and participants will not receive any coupons. The post is a scam designed to trick you into spamming your friends and submitting your mobile phone number and other personal information on suspect survey websites.
According to a post that is being shared far and wide via Facebook, you can click to get a free $75 coupon from US department store chain Kohl’s. The post promises one coupon per person and includes an image apparently depicting the coupon. Text on the coupon claims that you will get $75 off any Kohl’s purchase of $80 or more.
However, the post is fraudulent. It it not associated with Kohl’s and participants will not receive the promised coupon. The post is a scam designed to trick you into first spamming your friends with the same scam post and then supplying your personal information on dodgy third party websites.
If you click the post, you will be taken to a webpage that claims that, before you can claim your coupon, you must first share the page on Facebook and then send a direct link to the page to 15 of your Facebook friends. The page has been created so that it appears at first glance to be part of Facebook. It includes the Kohl’s logo as well as Facebook share and send buttons. (See screenshot below). By participating, you are effectively promoting the fraudulent post on behalf of the scammers and exposing your friends to the scam as well.
And, even after you complete the ‘2 simple steps’, you still won’t get your coupon. Instead, clicking the claim button takes you to a second webpage that is obscured by a popup window. The popup claims that that you must verify your claim by clicking a link and participating in an online survey. The popup contains a list of links for you to choose from.
The links open various third party websites that ask you to fill in brief surveys and then provide your mobile phone number to go in the draw for further prizes. But, fine print on the pages will state that, by entering your mobile number, you are in fact subscribing to an ongoing text message service that will charge you several dollars for every message they send you as well as a ‘joining fee’.
In other cases, the links may open websites that promise the chance to win prizes in exchange for supplying your name and address, email address, and phone numbers. This material will be shared with marketing firms and you will soon begin receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls, emails, letters, and text messages that try to sell you various products and services.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake Kohl’s coupon promotion will earn commissions each and every time people divulge their mobile number or other details on one of the linked websites. And, even after ‘verifying your entry’ as instructed, you will never get to claim the Kohl’s coupon, which never existed to begin with.
Scams like this one continue to be very common on Facebook. Don’t get caught! Be wary of any Facebook Page or post that promises free store vouchers, coupons, or gift cards just for sharing and participating in surveys.
Last updated: May 24, 2016
First published: May 24, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen