A special occasion such as Mother’s Day always drives consumers to shop around for the perfect gift. BBB Serving Southeast Florida and the Caribbean warns consumers to exercise caution when shopping for a Mother’s Day gift to avoid falling victims to scams.
The newest trend for scammers is to post fake coupons on social media. The scammers mimic a legitimate looking website and promise the coupon at the end of a short survey. The purpose of the survey is for scammers to obtain personal information. The coupon making rounds in our area is a $75 off coupon from Publix.
“Mother's Day is a time to shower our beloved moms with gifts that show how much we love and appreciate everything they do for us.” says Michele Mason, Vice President of the BBB Serving Southeast Florida and the Caribbean. Regarding the latest scam of social media coupons Mason adds “The last thing someone would want to do is give a gift that has no value, and even more concerning - could create the risk of identity theft.”
The BBB recommends the following when shopping for Mother's Day gifts in-store or online:
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