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Affiliate Marketing Scam Targets Cosco Members

Costco is warning of a scam circulating online.

The store took to Facebook on Tuesday to clarify that it’s not giving away $75 coupons, despite several posts saying otherwise.

The store says this isn’t the first time this scam has popped up on social media either.

“While we love our fans and our members, this offer is a SCAM, and in no way affiliated with Costco,” wrote Costco. “Thanks to our fans for letting us know about this recurring hoax!”

The scam in question claimed to offer free $75 Costco coupons in honor of the company’s anniversary. Users were instructed to click particular links, which brought people to web pages not operated or sponsored by Costco, according to Snopes.com .

Users were then reportedly encouraged to spread the scam further by sharing the pages and writing “thank you” in the comment field. After that, Snopes says people were asked to input a fair amount of personal information.

 

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