Fake Groupon Deals Lure in Online Bargain Hunters

Savvy shoppers know buying online coupons from Groupon can be a great way to get a deal. But now scammers are smarting up to Groupon’s potential too … as a way to transmit a virus.

How the Scam Works:picgroup 150x150 Fake Groupon Deals Lure in Online Bargain Hunters

A new email scam posing as a Groupon offer is infecting victims’ computers with a virus.  The emails pretend to come from Groupon and look just like the emails users receive when a friend shares a deal with them.

The fake emails do an excellent job of replicating Groupon’s colors, logo and email format. But attached to the message is a file called “gift coupon.zip” which contains a virus designed to infect Windows operating system.

Currently, the fake emails use the poorly spelled subject line “Groupon dicount gifts,” but look for that to change as scammers wise up.

As always, stay safe from scams by keeping your virus software up to date and run a scan if you click on something phishy.

More Information:
Have questions about whether a Groupon deal is real, contact their customer support here.

See BBB.org’s complete scam directory for more information about breaking scams in your area.

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About Kelsey Owen

Kelsey Owen is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Better Business Bureau serving Metro Washington DC and Eastern PA (@BBB_DCPA). Prior to December 2014, Kelsey was the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Council of Better Business Bureaus based out of Arlington, VA. Kelsey graduated from Denison University with a degree in economics and communication and holds a master's degree in media entrepreneurship from American University.