If You See This Costco Giveaway on Facebook, Don't Be Fooled
The end of the year marks a prime time for savings at your favorite retailers. While Costco offers deals all year long, it really tends to step things up around the holidays. But do exercise caution when you come across Costco giveaways advertised on Facebook and other social media sites—especially as of late.
A scam promising free groceries and a voucher was recently shared by a fake Costco page. The late November post to "Costco US" claimed to be from CEO Craig Jelinek. Consumers who shared and commented on it within 24 hours were promised a "Christmas Food Box" worth $250, plus a $35 voucher.
Pictures of Jelinek, as well as boxes of Costco merchandise, were attached. Users were encouraged to validate their entry on a website. The whole thing turned out to be a scam to obtain passwords, email addresses, and credit card numbers from unsuspecting individuals, according to Komando.com. (Prepare for your next trip to the grocery store by finding out what might not be there—here are the 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)
The fake giveaway page is no longer available. Luckily, customers on Facebook discovered the scam and reported it to Costco. The warehouse responded that it had "reported this scam to the appropriate personnel."
Costco-Stores US, another fake Costco page, shared similar pictures on Nov. 30 along with a giveaway sign and information about how to receive a gift from the store. That post remained up as of Dec. 3.
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