Bed Bath & Beyond $75 Coupon For Participating In Sharing Or Taking Of Facebook Survey Is A Scam

By Shawn Rice

Bed Bath & Beyond coupon of $75 in exchange for a participation by Facebook users in a survey is a scam. Facebook users receiving a coupon from the American-owned chain of domestic merchandise retail stores in exchange for sharing a post or taking a survey is nothing more than a scam. Where did this scam originate?

In April 2017, a Bed Bath & Beyond coupon with an offer good for $75 off any purchase began circulating on Facebook under the appearance of a Mother’s Day promotion. However, there is no truth to this coupon. Of course, one must always be careful with posts shared on Facebook as there are many scams out there.

This fake “coupon” displays a domain name not part of the chain’s legitimate web site. Also, you will notice that the link takes Facebook users to a fraudulent web site posing as part of Bed Bath & Beyond. It then instructs the Facebook users to follow a simple set of instructions as seen below.

Bed Bath & Beyond warned customers about the circulating phony discount in responses on their Facebook page:

According to research from Snopes, this scam is almost exactly the same as earlier schemes targeting Home Depot, Costco, Amazon, and Kroger shoppers. These scams all feature three main identifiers.

The first thing that happens is the requirement that Facebook users forward the phony coupon to their Facebook friends. In doin so, this increases the scams number of potential victims. The scam then instructs those who fell for it to complete out a simple survey. By participating in the survey, the scam promises a reward for the minor effort.

What this is actually doing is mining you for sensitive information such as e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and credit card details. So, it is extremely important to be careful not to fall for these scams.

Finally, the completion of the “survey” never results in the receipt of a coupon for Bed Bath & Beyond. Often, the scam results in a subscription for difficult-to-cancel “Reward Offers,” or simply the disclosure of personal details to social media grifters. In a best-case scenario such efforts are a simple but effective like-farming scam, which can lead to embarrassment if the “liked” page is converted into an unpalatable one with risqué or rude content.

The Better Business Bureau gave these three tips to identify these particular scams on Facebook:

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.

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Source:: Business2Community

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