Beware of Mother’s Day coupon scams

Beware of Mother’s Day coupon scams. (CBS)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Authorities warn of a Mother's Day scam involving fraudulent online coupons that appear to from major retailers popping up on social media sites.

Newschannel 3's Eric Paree reports on what you need to know to avoid being scammed.

Many people will turn to the internet over Mother’s Day weekend for last minute Mother's Day gifts, but cyber security experts are warning those online shoppers of fake coupons circulating on social media.

The scam offers big discounts on items from stores like Bed, Bath, and Beyond and Home Depot. Then, once the shopper clicks on the link, they're asked to take a survey in order to redeem the coupon, but the survey leads to more pop-ups asking for personal information, like an email address or a request to download a program, which could contain a virus.

Experts say when you're looking out for scams like these, it's best to use common sense.

Scott Schober, President and CEO of Berkeley Varitrons Systems, said, "If it sounds too good to be true it probably is too good to be true. Once you have somebody's full information their name their address and, especially if they are willing to give up a birthday or credit card information, you can do a ton of damage to somebody."

According to authorities, the scam is spread mostly through a link on Facebook, but the social media site is working with experts to see that the links are taken down as soon as possible.

The National Retail Federation estimates that U.S. customers will spend a record $23.6 Billion celebrating Mother's Day in 2017.

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