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‘Free Kohl’s $75 Coupon’ Post is a Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Post being shared on Facebook claims Kohl’s is giving everyone a free coupon valued at $75 as a means of celebrating its anniversary.

Brief Analysis:
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 personal information on suspect survey websites.

Example:
Kohl's Voucher Scam Facebook Post

Detailed Analysis:
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.  Supposedly, the company is giving EVERYONE a $75 coupon to celebrate its anniversary.

The post promises one coupon per person and includes an image 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 is 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,  add the comment “Thanks for my Coupon!, and then click a “like” button. 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 like 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 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 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 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 in the first place.

Versions of this Kohl’s free coupon scam have been appearing on Facebook since at least 2016.

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.

Fake Kohl's Coupon Give Away Page

Fake Kohl’s Coupon Give Away Page



 

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

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Brett Christensen,
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