As I was scrolling through the status updates of friends and connections on Facebook, I noticed another hoax being shared on Facebook that involves coupons. This bogus Whole Foods coupon appears to offer you a 40% off discount. It gives you the impression it is redeemable for all purchases in Whole Foods store locations. The expiration date is for 12/31/2015. I confirmed this is a fake coupon offer with two Whole Foods grocery stores based in South Florida.
As a consumer advocate, I wanted to go the extra step in alerting you of this so you don’t fall for this scam. Being a life-long couponer on an expert level, I had a strong feeling this is a fraudulent coupon and you should be aware of this scam. Do not expect Whole Foods to accept this coupon. This is just too good to be true as it is. Earlier this year I noticed a hoax for Publix and Aldi on Facebook very similar to this offer for a fake coupon for $100 off of your purchases of $120 or more.
Just like with the Publix and Aldi bogus coupons being distributed and shared on Facebook, something else tipped me off outside of the obvious value amount (40% off any Whole Foods coupon is more than being very generous) involved. The various websites listed separately under this bogus coupon included fake websites.
Here are some of the examples of this hoax (ONLY FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES – PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS): Giveaway-Coups.com, YourSaves.com and SaveOnEveryday.com. Don’t fall for this hoax. You may wind up receiving a lot of spammers contacting you for credit card applications and magazine subscriptions.
Be aware and do your research when signing up for offers online. If an offer seems “too good to be true” or if you are asked for your credit card information as part of a survey, don’t do it! Providing your personal information to a malicious site could put you at risk for identity theft, so always be cautious online.
Please share this information on your Facebook and Twitter pages and email your family & friends to let them know about this Whole Foods 40% off coupon offer on Facebook being a hoax! Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is! 😉 Remember, it’s not just a simple coupon…your personal information, identity and privacy are also at stake!