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Social Media Coupon Scams: Is Free Really Free?

Fake coupons on social media are one of the more common online scams. People fall for these scams daily - don’t! - as these scams can cause some serious trouble. 

 The Center for Internet Security said in an article about staying secure on social media, “Social media scams are easy to create and can target thousands of people at once due to how users interact with pages, post, and contacts. Once your account is compromised, malicious actors can leverage it as a conduit to spread scams and malware to your network of friends or contacts.”

Yearly, billions of fake coupons are posted by online criminals trying to trick you. It works because the coupons look real and they offer great deals. By using brands’ official logos, it's nearly impossible to tell if it’s fake or not. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

 The Coupon Information Center, an industry group that fights coupon fraud, cautions consumers not to download Internet coupons from unknown sources, or sources you can’t confirm. Check out the full article to learn more about online coupon scams. 

By Shannon Boyle on 08/27/2018

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