If you’re planning to head to Wegmans to stock up on goodies for your 4th of July barbecues, take note. There’s an online discount coupon scam bearing the company’s name that appears to be making the rounds on social media.
The alleged scam involves a fraudulent Facebook post advertising a free $100 voucher to Wegmans, according to a press release issued by the grocery chain on June 30. Wegmans first became aware of the issue the day before when a customer questioned the validity of the post, the grocery chain said.
According to a statement the grocery store issued on their Facebook page Thursday: “This giveaway is neither affiliated with nor supported by Wegmans. We’re actively working to have the fraudulent post removed. We urge consumers not to click it, share it, or provide any personal information.”
Facebook representatives didn’t immediately respond to Credit.com’s request for comment.
Protecting Yourself From Scammers
It is a good idea to always be wary of online coupons and other deals you see on social media or in your email, especially if they appear too good to be true. And, if a company is offering an online discount, it’s important to confirm it’s legitimate before you give out any personal information to claim the deal. If you do provide any personal details — including your full name, address or email — and it is a scam, you could potentially be targeted for future fraudulent activity. Scammers may even use your information to steal your identity, which could ultimately damage your credit.
If you feel like you’re a potential victim of identity theft, whether because you gave personal information to a scammer or because of something else, it’s important to take action right away. To start, you can review your credit for signs of a problem, like a sudden dip in your scores as well as addresses or new accounts you don’t recognize. (You can see your free credit report summary, updated each month, on Credit.com.) You can learn more about what to do if you fall victim to identity theft here.
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