Officials warn of Mother's Day social media scam - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Officials warn of Mother's Day social media scam

Photo Source: WDAM Photo Source: WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Days before Mother’s Day, officials are warning people to be on the lookout for a scam circulating on social media.

If you’re scrolling on sites like Facebook, you may come across a coupon offering $75 off at Bed Bath and Beyond or $50 off at Lowe’s.

While it sounds like a huge saving, officials said it’s one of the latest scam where thieves are trying to steal your personal information.

John O’Hara with the Better Business Bureau said this is a phishing scam.

“That would be a phishing scam where people are out there trying to get information out of you,” O’Hara explained.

O’Hara said coupon ads don’t require giving out your information.

“About all they would need is maybe an email address to send it to you, but with coupons online, a lot of times you just print them and take them in the store, or they have a code if you want to use it online,” O’Hara added.

O’Hara said if you’re not sure if a coupon is real, contact the retailer directly.

Copyright 2017 WDAM. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • WATCH: WDAM 7 Gametime Show Nov. 17

    WATCH: WDAM 7 Gametime Show Nov. 17

    Friday, November 17 2017 11:43 PM EST2017-11-18 04:43:48 GMT
    WDAM Gametime app. Source: WDAMWDAM Gametime app. Source: WDAM

    Missed the WDAM 7 Gametime show? No worries! We have your high school highlights right here!  MOBILE USERS: Click here to watch the show. About the WDAM 7 Gametime app:  The WDAM 7 Gametime app is bringing you the latest on Pine Belt sports. The app features up to the minute scores for games, video highlights from local games, in-depth interviews with coaches, and updated schedules for your convenience. Interact with us by sending us your pictures from local games or by...

    More >>

    Missed the WDAM 7 Gametime show? No worries! We have your high school highlights right here!  MOBILE USERS: Click here to watch the show. About the WDAM 7 Gametime app:  The WDAM 7 Gametime app is bringing you the latest on Pine Belt sports. The app features up to the minute scores for games, video highlights from local games, in-depth interviews with coaches, and updated schedules for your convenience. Interact with us by sending us your pictures from local games or by...

    More >>
  • RAW VIDEO: Poplarville at Purvis highlights

    RAW VIDEO: Poplarville at Purvis highlights

  • RAW VIDEO: Hattiesburg at Stone highlights

    RAW VIDEO: Hattiesburg at Stone highlights

Powered by Frankly