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Be aware of fake coupons and scams online ahead of Mother's Day

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Published: May. 12, 2017 at 11:23 AM EDT
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Friday, May 12, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- We're on your side with a warning about some scams and fake coupons making their way around the internet ahead of Mother's Day.

The fake coupons, that look very real, direct users to a survey site meant to steal their personal information.

One coupon circulating is a free $50 off at Lowe’s Home Improvement.

The coupon read

“LOWE’S is giving Free $50 coupons for EVERYONE to celebrate Mother’s Day.”

Lowe’s confirmed to CBS News that the coupon is fake and warned customers that it is a phishing scam used to gather information.

“Please be careful when responding to any pop-up ad either online or via social media; as, more often than not, the offer of gift cards or other prizes to customer’s in the guise of a specific company are set up to get your personal information for nefarious purposes,” the company said in a Facebook statement.

Another fake coupon is a $75 off at Bed Bath & Beyond.

On Facebook the company said: “We know some of our customers are excited about this $75 offer circulating on Facebook. However, we all know some things are too good to be true! We are sorry for any confusion and disappointment this fake coupon has caused.”

The retailer says it is partnering with Facebook to have the coupons removed.

The

posts Counterfeit Coupon Alerts that tell you about fake coupons making the rounds and how to indentify them.

Some advice offered by the Better Business Burea includes cecking out who is offering the coupon and conforming it on the company's website or at

Be cautious of pop-up offers and ones that only honored at some locations. Read the fine print and be wary of required phone calls to redeem it.

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