In a continuation of the “If it sounds to good to be true” posts, Publix is NOT giving a $250 coupon. If you see this when on social media, its a scam. Today’s post will go over this scam.Scam: Publix is NOT giving $250 coupon
Especially with everything going on in the world, who doesn’t need a $250 coupon to anything. That’s is what the scam is hoping for. You are surfing Facebook and someone you know just posted “share this and you can get a $250 coupon“.
Let’s review the details of the scam.
The Scam – Publix $250 Coupon
So you see the post by someone you know, who has unfortunately fallen for the scam. The scam follows these steps
- Find someone to fall for scam and click on link
- Get that person to answer some random questions that mean nothing but make the user believe this is legit
- After completing survey, comes 1st goal. Try and get the user to help spread the scam. If a scam is shared by someone, then its more likely to be believed by the friends/family who see it.
Per the message on screen, Once the scam is shared, you can click on CLAIM COUPON, and give your details. If you don’t share the page, you get an error that forces you to share the scam before you can continue.
Then if you share the post and click on the Claim Coupon, you will get prompted to fill in your info
– Telephone number
– Date of Birth
– Email Address
and in some cases, you will even be asked for your credit card, for them to “credit you the purchase”.
Think about that, do you really want to give up that info?
This is Not A New Scam Using Publix
Be that it’s Publix, McDonald’s, or anyone else, this type of scam has been around since the start of social media. In 2016, Publix even released a statement via it’s Facebook page to warn people against a $75 version of the exact same scam.
In the post Publix announced, “There is a fraudulent Publix coupon circulating on social media that states “$75 off your purchase of $80 or more”. This is not supported by Publix and this coupon is not valid at any of our locations. We recommend not participating in the promotion or providing your personal information. Thank you for your patience as we investigate this situation.”
Simple Steps To Know If An Offer Is Legit
No business has “hidden” offers that they only place on strange random sites. So if you want to make sure if a post about a coupon is real, go to the company site first. If the company is actually running a special or an offer, it will be likely posted on their page. In the case of Publix, here is what their savings page looks like
Remember, just because it is seen on social media, does NOT mean its real. This is the case, even if its sent to you by a family or friend. If you happen to get one of these scam offers, NEVER click on it. There are many sites online, from Hoax-Slayer, to Snoops, to us here at Tech Geek and More who will list scams. Just do your homework, so you don’t fall for the scam.
- Publix – Site savings page screenshot
- Facebook – Publix announcement warning of fake coupon (2016)
- Facebook – Screenshots of Fake $250 Publix coupon (Note: Link not included for this)
Scam: Publix is NOT giving $250 coupon