There are a lot of sales going on. Your inbox and Facebook feed are probably flooded with ads, promotions and coupons. But watch out! Not every deal you see is legitimate.
There's a brand new scam that's making its way around Facebook right now. You are likely to see it on your News Feed shared by a friend.
It's similar to the Publix coupon scam we told you about earlier this month. (Click here for the full story, in case you missed it.) In fact, it's the exact same offer, just from a different retailer.
This time, it's a convincing coupon from Kohl's that's said to be for the company's 56th anniversary. The Facebook post looks like this image below. Look at how real it looks! Read on, and we'll explain how the offer does not make any sense at all!
The coupon offers $75 off any purchase of $80 or more. If it were legitimate, that would mean you could buy $80 worth of merchandise for just $5.
Unfortunately, though, it's not real. Scammers have created this coupon so that it looks like something Kohl's would send, and they've made a catchy offer just so you'll click on it.
Almost everything about this coupon looks like it came directly from Kohl's. The scammers used the same colors, fonts, logos and tag lines. But if you look closely, you'll see some red flags that this isn't what it seems.
If you click on the coupon (which we don't recommend) you're directed to a website that reads: www.kohls.com-customer.com.
This is obviously not the real Kohl's website.
The coupon also makes a mistake when it comes to its 56th anniversary claim. Kohl's has actually been around much longer. If you look into it, you'll find that Kohl's opened its first store in 1946.
At that time, Kohl's was just a supermarket, but that was still around 70 years ago. The numbers don't add up even when you use the date when Kohl's opened its first retail store, 54 years ago.
To avoid this scam, don't click on the coupon if it happens to show up in your feed. You should also be skeptical of any coupons in your feed, and find coupons directly from the retailers' websites instead.
If you already clicked on the coupon, then you'll need to be extra cautious and be on the lookout for other scams. You could be targeted by phishing scams if you provided your email address, or mail scams if you provided your address. You should also change all of the passwords to your accounts, and monitor your banking statements closely for suspicious activity.