I-Team: Lowe's $50 Mother's Day coupon is a scam

Lowe's coupon scam (Facebook screen shot)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The $50 Lowe's Mother's Day coupon you may have seen making the rounds on Facebook is a scam, according to the home improvement retailer.

Lowe's responded to a question on Facebook about the coupons:

"These coupons are not offers extended by Lowe's. It is a scam and Lowe's is unable to honor the coupon."

A spokesperson for Lowe's confirmed to CBS 13, "this is a phishing scam circulating online and is not affiliated with Lowe's in any way."

Facebook users are sharing the post that claims to offer $50 off your next Lowe's purchase "to celebrate Mother's Day."

The "coupon" link takes you to a survey that is really a phishing scam, trying to get your personal and private information.

The better Better Business Bureau suggests you take these steps to 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.
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