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Long-running scams claim you can secure coupons for Lowe’s among other stores with little effort.
As more people lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the prospect of free money for grocery and home improvement stores sounds pretty great.
One link being shared on social media claims you can "answer a few questions to get free $100 coupon" to Lowe’s. Another page, which has since been deleted, said everyone who shared the url — a long series of numbers and letters, just like the link about Lowe’s — would be sent a $50 coupon from Kroger.
The occasion? Anniversaries for both companies, purportedly.
Both posts were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
Lowe's told us the company is not currently offering free $100 coupons.
"We recommend the consumers only trust communications from Lowe's Twitter and Lowes.com," said spokesperson Amy Allison.
As it turns out, the anniversary scam is a long-running one.
Snopes debunked offers of a $150 coupon in 2017, a $50 coupon in 2017 and a $100 coupon back in 2015.
The Better Business Bureau has warned before that "it’s easy to steal the colors, logos and header of an established organization. … Few businesses can afford to give away $50 gift cards for completing a few questions."
We rate these posts False.
Lowe’s coupon link, visited March 23, 2020
The Washington Post, As layoffs skyrocket, the holes in America’s safety net are becoming apparent, March 19, 2020
Snopes, Lowe’s $150 anniversary coupon scam, May 22, 2015
The Florida Times-Union, Fact check: Is $100 Lowe’s coupon for real? June 3, 2017
ABC 13 News, Police warn of Lowe’s coupon scam on Facebook, April 24, 2017
Email interview with Amy Allison, corporate communications, Lowe's, March 23, 2020
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