Viral Target coupon offering 50% off is a scam

AUSTIN (KXAN) – If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Such is the case with a seemingly legitimate coupon making the rounds before the biggest shopping day of the year.

According to The Consumerist, the ‘coupon’ started crawling across the Internet this month as people shared a link from grab-coupons.com. Others were sharing a link from holidayschristmas.com or Coupon-Christmas.com.

Target responding to question about coupon on Facebook
Target responding to question about coupon on Facebook

When a person visits the pages, they’re asked to share something from their Facebook or take a survey, which is the main purpose of the scam. They want your information.

Several people took to social media to ask Target if they were going to be able score big this holiday season, only to be let down.

The Better Business Bureau has been monitoring scams like this one since last year. Make sure to always look for a privacy policy and do a web search before inputting your private info.

Customer Survey Scam Lures Victims with Gift Card (BBB – 2014)

How to Spot a Customer Survey Scam:

  • Don’t believe what you see. It’s easy to steal the colors, logos and header of an established organization. Scammers can also make links look like they lead to legitimate websites and emails appear to come from a different sender.
  • Legitimate businesses do not ask for credit card numbers or banking information on customer surveys. If they do ask for personal information, like an address or email, be sure there’s a link to their privacy policy.
  • When in doubt, do a quick web search. If the survey is a scam, you may find alerts or complaints from other consumers. The organization’s real website may have further information.
  • Watch out for a reward that’s too good to be true. If the survey is real, you may be entered in a drawing to win a gift card or receive a small discount off your next purchase. Few businesses can afford to give away $50 gift cards for completing a few questions.

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