According to a post currently being shared on Facebook, Costco is giving every family a free $75 coupon to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.
The post features an image depicting the supposed $75 coupon.
However, the post is a scam. It is not associated with Costco and people who participate will never get their promised coupons.
An example of the scam post:
If you click on the post, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that first asks you to complete a brief survey about your experience with Costco. After you fill in the survey questions, the fake site will pretend to check your answers and then declare you a winner of the coupon. In reality, every visitor is declared a winner, regardless of what survey answers they provide.
Next, you will be asked to share and like on Facebook and enter “Thanks Costco” as a comment on the post. By doing so you promote the scam on Facebook and help the scammers gain new victims.
A screenshot of the fake website:
After you have liked, shared, and commented, you will be told that you must verify your entry by clicking one of several available links. The links open suspect websites that claim that you can win further prizes by providing your name and contact details.
However, all of the information you provide will be shared with dodgy marketing companies. So, you will soon be inundated with annoying phone calls, emails, text messages, and letters peddling a range of dubious products and services.
The scammers who created the fake giveaway earn money each time somebody provides details on one of the bogus websites.
For the record, Costco was founded in 1976, so it is not celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018 as claimed in the scam post.