Remember that Lowe’s Facebook coupon scheme we warned you about last week? Apparently a similar scheme imitating a Bed Bath & Beyond coupon is now also making the rounds on social media—here’s what you need to know.
If you see a Facebook post that says some variation of this phrase, don’t jump at the offer (it’s too good to be true!): “Bed Bath & Beyond is giving free $75 Coupon to EVERYONE! to celebrate Mother’s Day.”
Bed Bath & Beyond Fights Back
Bed Bath & Beyond is warning customers itself, posting on its official Facebook page that customers should be wary of the “fake coupon.” If you do click on the “coupon,” you’ll be asked to provide personal information about yourself and you won’t get anything in return.
“We all know some things are too good to be true,” according to Bed Bath & Beyond. “We are partnering with Facebook to have these coupons removed.”
It’s not always clear to Facebook users which offers are real and which offers are not—one woman commented on the Bed Bath & Beyond Facebook post that several of her “very smart” friends already fell for the coupon scheme. Be sure to pass this along to the Bed Bath & Beyond fans (and Facebook users) in your life so they don’t get duped, too.
One woman applauded the store, writing that “people need to learn there are scams everywhere. Always check stores website.” Very good advice indeed.
Tips For Spotting Coupon Schemes
The Better Business Bureau offers these tips for online coupons:
- Make sure the coupon is being offered directly by the retailer. If it’s offered by some third party, ask questions and use caution before giving out personal information.
- Be wary of offers that pop-up on your phone or computer.
- Read the fine print carefully.
- Call the store and ask to be sure it’s a legitimate coupon.
- Watch out for your email inbox. The Better Business Bureau said some fake coupons make the rounds via email.