Scams involving big retailers tend to make their way around social media during any holiday season. The promised coupons and discounts are fake, and just a way for non-legitimate websites to mine your personal data.


According to an article on AOL News, a scam which seems to offer a discount for home-improvement store Lowe's, is currently making the rounds. Lowe's has officially said the offer is in fact, fake.


People are asked to follow a link and complete a short survey to get to the discount offer. Don't fall for it! From AOL, "The Better Business Bureau offers these tips for helping you identify a scam on Facebook:

  • Don't believe what you see. It's easy to steal the colors, logos and header of an established organization. Scammers can also make links look like they lead to legitimate websites and emails appear to come from a different sender.
  • Legitimate businesses do not ask for credit card numbers or banking information on customer surveys. If they do ask for personal information, like an address or email, be sure there's a link to their privacy policy.
  • Watch out for a reward that's too good to be true. If the survey is real, you may be entered in a drawing to win a gift card or receive a small discount off your next purchase. Few businesses can afford to give away $50 gift cards for completing a few questions."