Kohl’s Coupon Scam

Individuals are falling for a fake coupon from this department store on Facebook.

Who Is It Targeting: Citizens across the country

What Is It: Scammers are phishing for information through a fake Kohl’s coupon circulating on Facebook. The coupon is for “$70 off any purchase of $80 or more” and looks legitimate. However, when looking deeper at the website domain for the coupon, it is registered outside of the United States. The actual domain for Kohl’s is registered only within the United States. After clicking on the link the individual receives a pop up that  prompts them to complete a short survey. Upon completion of the survey, the victim must then share the page with their Facebook friends which not only gives them access to your Facebook information and your friend’s information but also has the possibility of infecting their devices/computers with viruses or ransomware.

What Are They After: Account Information, Money

How Can You Avoid It:

  • Always be weary of an offer that is “too good to be true.” Click at your own risk.
  • Check if an online coupon is legitimate by searching for it online. By searching for this “$70 off any purchase” coupon, you would have found news about it being scam
  • Contact the company about the coupon to verify if it is real.
  • Prevent infecting your computer by quitting the browser of an unexpected pop-up. Try going to your computer’s task manager and click process of the current window open.

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For full details of this scam check out this article from CBS 21.  

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