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Survey Scam Facebook - '$100 Macy's Coupon'


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Facebook post claims that you can click to get a $100 coupon from department store chain Macy's. The post features a photograph depicting $100 Macy's coupons.

Facebook Survey Scam
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Brief Analysis

The post is a scam. The message is not a legitimate Macy's promotion and users who click will not receive any coupons. The post attempts to trick users into providing personal information via dodgy online surveys.

   

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Macy's Surevey Scam Page


Detailed Analysis

Facebook Post Promises $100 Macy's Coupons

According to a post that is currently being distributed across Facebook, you can get a coupon worth $100 from department store chain Macy's just by clicking on the post. The post includes a clickable image depicting '$100 off' Macy's Star Pass coupons.

Post is a Survey Scam - Don't Click!

However, the post is fraudulent. It is not an official Macy's promotion and the claim that $100 coupons are being given away is a lie.

The promised coupons are just bait used to trick you into promoting the same scam to your Facebook friends and participating in suspect online surveys designed to collect your personal information.

If you click on the Facebook post, you will be taken to a fake Facebook webpage (see screenshot below). The page claims that, to get your coupon, you must share the promotion on Facebook and then add a comment. Carrying out these two steps ensures that the same scam post will be seen - and in many cases clicked on - by your Facebook friends. Thus, the scam will continue to spread across Facebook.

After you have shared and commented as instructed, you will be redirected to a new webpage that claims that you must participate in one or more surveys to 'unlock' your coupon.

However, no matter how many surveys you participate in, you will never get the promised Macy's coupon. The surveys will ask you to provide your name, phone number, email address, and home address details, ostensibly to go in a draw for further prizes or unlock survey results. The information you provide will be shared with third-party marketers and you will likely begin receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls, emails, and surface letters promoting various products and services.

In some cases, you may be asked to supply your mobile phone number. However, fine print on the page will state that, by submitting your number, you are agreeing to subscribe to an expensive SMS service that will charge you several dollars for every text message they send.

Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake promotion will earn commissions each and every time a user provides their information via a survey.

Facebook Survey Scams Very Common

Survey scams like this one continue to plague Facebook. They take many forms. Be wary of any post that claims that you can win expensive prizes just by clicking a link, liking and sharing, and participating in a survey.

Macy's Surevey Scam Page

Last updated: February 20, 2015
First published: February 20, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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