LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) — Consumers beware: Publix is warning its customers about a fake coupon circulating on social media that claims an offer that is too good to be true.
Publix is investigating a fraudulent coupon that has been circulating on social media, the grocery company said Monday. The coupon, which has what looks like a Publix logo on it, offers $100 off of a purchase of $120 or more. “This is not supported by Publix and this coupon is not valid at any of our locations,” Publix said in a statement released by a spokesman and also posted on its Facebook page. “We recommend not participating in the promotion or providing your personal information.”
Clicking on the link for the coupon leads you to a page that asks you to share the coupon on Facebook. Another link there then takes you to a page that asks for personal contact information to send a $250 gift card. By Mondayafternoon, Facebook was blocking users from sharing the link. “I first saw the coupon online and immediately knew it was bogus,” said Missy Eby, who teaches couponing classes and was featured as an extreme couponer on TLC.
Eby recommends consumers go directly to the store websites to check on the source of coupons that seem too good to be true. She says she sees suspicious coupons often. “I’ve seen these for Publix, I’ve seen it for Aldi, I’ve seen it for Home Depot here in the last few weeks,” Eby said. Shopper Brenda Archer said at first glance, the coupon looked like other legitimate ones she has seen.
“You’d say ‘oh good’ but then the amount – it’s just too good to be true,” Archer said.
“We recommend not participating in the promotion or providing your personal information. Thank you for your patience as we investigate this situation,” Publix writes on their Facebook page.
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