Scammers Attempt to Steal Personal Information with Fake Publix Coupons

Scammers Attempt to Steal Personal Information with Fake Publix Coupons
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July 29, 2015

Publix is warning consumers to be on the lookout for fake coupons that have been circulating on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The bogus coupons claim to be good for $100 off a purchase of $120 or more at any Publix store.

While the coupon may look authentic, including the correct Publix font and even the disclaimer "Limit one coupon per customer," in reality it's nothing more than an attempt by scammers to steal your sensitive personal information.

The scammers tell unsuspecting consumers that, before the supposed coupon can be "accessed," the offer must be shared on social media with a comment, which only puts more people at risk of falling for the ruse.

In a statement issued to WSOC-TV in Charlotte, a Publix spokesperson said that the fraudulent coupon is "not supported by Publix" and "not valid at any of our locations." The spokesperson went on to say that Publix is investigating the situation.

If you come across this phony Publix coupon, DO NOT share it or provide any personal information, no matter how good the deal sounds. Remember—if something seems too good to be true, it more than likely is!

If you believe that you've been a victim of Internet fraud or cybercrime, report it by filing a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also has additional tips for protecting yourself and your family from the various types of Internet fraud.