Coupons via social media are another way scam artists are trying to get personal information to conduct identify thefts, according to AARP’s FraudWatch Network.

Typically, scam artists invite users to click on a link and share it with their friends to receive a free coupon. Consumers are then asked to fill out a survey and enter personal information. Once this is done, they may have signed up for a fake rewards card that charges monthly fees for nothing but bogus offers.

Consumers should not enter any personal information and only get online coupons directly from a company’s website, AARP recommends.

AARP FraudWatch is working to education the public to prevent scams, which are on the rise.

For more information, go to www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork or call 1-877-908-3360.


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