That $75 Mother's Day Coupon for Bed, Bath & Beyond You Saw on Facebook Is a Scam

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Mother’s Day is swiftly approaching, meaning you should probably order flowers or buy her that purse she’s been eyeing sooner rather than later. But as retailers roll out the pre-holiday sales, be on guard for a fake coupon from Bed, Bath & Beyond that’s been making the rounds on Facebook. As TODAY reports, the voucher is a scam designed to trick consumers into parting with their personal information.

The Mother’s Day offer guarantees shoppers $75 off an in-store purchase, but what it really does is lead them to a domain name that closely resembles—but doesn’t really belong to—Bed, Bath & Beyond's website. Discount hunters are required to fill out a phony survey to complete the deal, and to share the coupon with Facebook friends. (Needless to say, they don’t end up scoring the coupon.)

Bed, Bath & Beyond caught wind of the scheme, and is now warning customers about the fraudulent promotion. The company says it’s partnered with Facebook to have the coupons removed—but in the future, they advise patrons to contact their local Bed, Bath & Beyond store (or call their customer service phone number) if they spot a too-good-to-be-true deal.

This isn’t the first time a Facebook scam has tried to exploit bargain hunters: Just last month, a similar Facebook scam promised Lowes customers $50 off Mother’s Day coupons in exchange for filing out a short survey. However, you can avoid falling victim to these kinds of tricks by following the Better Business Bureau’s advice for spotting bogus coupons, as shared by Snopes:

Don’t believe what you see. It’s easy to steal the colors, logos and header of an established organization. Scammers can also make links look like they lead to legitimate websites and emails appear to come from a different sender. Legitimate businesses do not ask for credit card numbers or banking information on customer surveys. If they do ask for personal information, like an address or email, be sure there’s a link to their privacy policy.

Watch out for a reward that’s too good to be true. If the survey is real, you may be entered in a drawing to win a gift card or receive a small discount off your next purchase. Few businesses can afford to give away $50 gift cards for completing a few questions.

[h/t TODAY]

Wednesday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Computer Monitors, Plant-Based Protein Powder, and Blu-ray Sets

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This All-in-One Storage Solution Can Be Used at Home or Carried on the Go

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Whether you're looking for a durable storage solution for your garage or a roomy pack for a long camping trip, the collapsible RUX carrier can help keep your stuff safe and secure without taking up much room in your closet when you're done. And until December 10, you can support the project on Indiegogo.

The main idea of the RUX is to serve multiple purposes at once. You can carry it around like a backpack or duffle bag during a weekend trip outdoors, or you can use it as a stationary storage bin for your car or home. Despite being strong enough to hold your bulkiest gear, it only weighs around four pounds and is designed to be collapsible, so you can fold it up and slip it away afterwards. (Unfolded, the RUX comes in at 15.7 by 19.5 by 13.8 inches.)

And if you're looking to use it during more serious outdoor adventures, you can rest assured that its weatherproof construction will keep your stuff dry in the rain. There's even a window that allows you to double-check that your items are safe and sound.

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The RUX was created with sustainability and longevity in mind. Not only does the RUX have a lifetime warranty, but each component can also come off and be replaced easily so you can continue using the product no matter the problem. RUX is a member of 1% For The Planet, which is a group that gives back 1 percent of sales to environmental causes, even if they are not profitable.

There is still time to back the RUX campaign and reap the rewards. If you back $196, you’ll get your first RUX along with it. However, if you back $265, you’ll get one RUX, two divider totes, an EDC pouch, and two utility straps. If you back $449, you’ll get all the same things from the second level along with an extra RUX. If you want to back $515 or $725, you’ll get double or triple everything, respectively, from the second level.

The RUX campaign ends on December 10, so there is still time to back this product through Indiegogo. Shipments of RUX will hopefully start by June 2021.

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