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SCAM ALERT: Costco – $41 OFF on Purchase of $50 or more

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A survey-scam promoted by sharing Facebook posts claims that Costco is giving away $41 OFF on Purchase of $50 or more to celebrate its 41st birthday.

alertSCAM ALERT!

THIS IS A SURVEY-SCAM DESIGNED TO PHISH PERSONAL INFORMATION
YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A REWARD FOR COMPLETING SURVEYS

Description

One of the latest survey-scams syndicated by Facebook posts and shares claims that Costco is giving away $41 off coupons for purchases of $50 or more to celebrate their 41st birthday. However, the largest American membership-only warehouse club has yet to reach the age of 41 under the Costco title. Costco was founded September 15th in the year 1983 in Seattle, WA. Price Club (a former competitor who merged with Costco in 1993) was founded July 12th, 1976, which makes Price Club 41 years of age.

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The “$41 OFF on Purchase of $50 or more” scam is promoted by people who fall for the scam and share it on Facebook. A person will be directed to a webpage on COSTCO-COM-41OFF.WIN that contains 3 questions. Once the questions are answered a page that contains steps will appear. The steps are to “share this page by clicking “SHARE” button and type “Thanks for my Voucher!” in the comments field!” and click like to like the page.

Once this is completed the scam will be shared to more people on Facebook. The person will then be directed to a third-party website that contains a random survey that essentially never ends. The surveys are designed to gather personal information submitted by the visitor.

The surveys will ask for contact information and other details. If you submit your contact information you can expect to be contacted for a variety of reasons.

Costco is not giving away $40 off coupons to users who follow the steps and share their post on Facebook. This is a common survey-farming scam designed to phish personal information.

Examples

Congratulations!
You have been selected to take part in our short survey to get a $41 Voucher! We only have 332 Vouchers remaining so hurry up!
Sending your answer to Costco.com…
Analyzing your answers…
Congratulations! You won $41 Voucher at Costco!

Step 1

Share this page by clicking “SHARE” button and type “Thanks for my Voucher!” in the comments field!

Step 2

Click Like

Costco - $41 OFF on Purchase of $50 or more scam

Costco – $41 OFF on Purchase of $50 or more to celebrate its 41st birthday.
Grab your coupon now. One per person
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Why are survey-scams dangerous?

Survey-scams are dangerous because they are used to phish personal information from victims. They utilize deceptive surveys to obtain information that can help them contact victims.

The information collected by scammers is often sold and shared with numerous parties. Victims may get calls from scam artists, robocallers, fake pharmacies, and more. They may also receive unsolicited mail at home and unwanted email messages.

A victim’s contact information can also be used by scam artists and malware distributors.

What to do if you fell for a scam

If you fell for a Facebook scam like this it is recommended to immediately locate and remove rogue Facebook apps, change your password, and log your account out of other locations. You should also scan your computer with Antivirus or Antimalware software such as Malwarebytes to eradicate malware and other malicious trace files and website data from your computer.

If your account shared content without your permission make sure to remove the content from your Facebook account in order to stop the scam from spreading to your friends, family, and other people.

To ensure the safety of your bank or credit details it is suggested to contact your bank or credit card company to receive more instructions.

If you liked a page, unlike the page. If you shared dubious content delete it.

How to uninstall rogue Facebook apps

  1. Sign into your Facebook account and go to Settings > Apps.
  2. Hover your mouse over the rogue Facebook app and click the X to remove it. If you cannot find a rogue Facebook app it is likely that a rogue Facebook app was not installed. Scan your computer for malware with Malwarebytes to ensure no malware has infiltrated your computer system.

How to change your Facebook password

  1. Sign into your Facebook account and go to Settings > Security and Login.
  2. This page will tell you where your account is logged in. To change your password select Change password, type your current password, and type your new password twice.
  3. Click Save Changes.

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