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The TODAY Show reached out to us and quoted us regarding this article in their Money section. We are honored and humbled to have them recognize us. We appreciate our advice being sought after with regards to coupon etiquette and consumer advocacy. Hopefully you will have a better understanding of this hoax after reading this.

A while back, I noticed a few friends on Facebook sharing a potential hoax post going around on Facebook that involves coupons for Publix. There was a hoax going around where if you share a link on Facebook and also make a comment about it, it offers you a coupon from Publix for $100 off of your purchase of $120 or more.

Being a life-long couponer and an expert couponer, I had a strong feeling this is a fraudulent coupon and you should be aware of this scam. Do not expect Publix to accept this coupon. This is just too good to be true as it is. Facebook Publix Coupon Hoax

I wanted to go the extra step being a consumer advocate so I just did a quick online search and found there was another scam with Aldi coupons for the same price. Both the Aldi and Publix coupons were both worth the same value and both expired at the end of that same month.

Watch the video below and be on alert for these types of hoaxes. Whether it be with Aldi, Publix or other well known supermarket or retailer coupons on Facebook and other social media sites too.

Something that tipped me off outside of the obvious value amounts involved also included looking at some of the websites under the posts from my Facebook friends that had fake websites. Don’t fall for these types of hoaxes. You may wind up receiving a lot of spammers contacting you for credit card applications and magazine subscriptions.

From what I learned, the Better Business Bureau has urged consumers to be aware and do their research when signing up for offers online. Some warning signs the BBB says to look out for are offers that seem “too good to be true” or businesses asking for credit card information as part of a survey. 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 accounts and let your family and friends know about these Publix & Aldi $100 off coupon offers on Facebook being a hoax.

Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is! πŸ˜‰

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  • Thank you for sharing this. I don’t understand why people do this type of thing.

    • South Florida Savings Guy says:

      Exactly Gisele! Probably someone attempting to gather personal information for possible fraudulent intentions. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!

  • I truly wish people would check their sources BEFORE simply sharing and spreading this sort of stuff online. It only takes a minute.

    • South Florida Savings Guy says:

      You are so correct Cathy! Being naive doesn’t help. Being resourceful by doing a quick online check could prevent an accidental slip up of accidentally giving out your private information to people that simply do not deserve it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

  • rozbeads says:

    You are providing a GREAT service letting the public know about these coupon scams. Its like having to check first with scope for veracity. I don’t use coupons so I won’t get caught, but I’m sure you stopped some.

    • South Florida Savings Guy says:

      Thank you Roslyn! Yes, we enjoy helping people save money utilizing coupons; but we also like to do the right thing in keeping things legitimate when it comes to consumer advocacy and keeping the public safe from fraudulent activities; especially when it comes to couponing. Thank you for sharing your kind thoughts.

  • Clive says:

    It just goes to show that if it sounds like it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Great advice in the video about doing a simple search if you’re not sure.

    • South Florida Savings Guy says:

      You got it Clive! Sometimes it’s hard to decipher what is legitimate or not; however, if it sounds too good to be true…more than likely it probably is. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us here.

  • carundle says:

    Thanks for being so vigilant and letting people know about this.

  • Thanks for the info. Really enjoyed reading your post. Always good to learn new things.

    • South Florida Savings Guy says:

      Absolutely LeAnn! It’s our pleasure and you are so right, it’s always good to learn new things.

  • Thank you for sharing this information.

  • Beth Niebuhr says:

    Offers that seem too good to be true usually are hoaxes. Thanks for the reminder.

    • South Florida Savings Guy says:

      Our pleasure Beth! If it’s too good to be true, more than likely it’s probably going to be a hoax as it was in this case.

  • It great to have someone share the very obvious “scams” so many people believe are “real”. There was one for Starbucks recently which I imagine many people fell for and I still am not sure if it was legit or not. People do love their coupons, however, like you said, if it sounds to good to be true…it probably is. Although the optimist in me would like to believe that some things might surprise and be that good and that true. πŸ™‚

    • South Florida Savings Guy says:

      You are correct about the Starbucks hoax that transpired. Just do your homework to balance your optimism! πŸ˜‰ Thank you for your feedback Beverley! πŸ™‚

  • My motto tends to be, “do your own research,” especially when I want to save a ton of money on something that usually costs. I wish there was a way to catch these people! Thank you for reminding us to keep watch and for giving us a heads up on two more fraudulent ads!

    • South Florida Savings Guy says:

      Thank you Liz! “Do your own research” is really the key we like to convey. There is a way to catch these people. Usually through their IP Addresses; but we leave that for the experts in crime fighting to handle. Not on our level! πŸ˜‰ Thank you for sharing your thoughts Liz.

  • Usually if it seems to good to be true, it is. And this definitely does. Most stores wouldn’t offer $100 back for spending $100, even to a loyal shopper of the store. For people who don’t like higher priced stores or can’t afford to shop there all the time this coupon would only cause them to shop there once and never again. For the ones who already shop there it’s a “reward” for shopping there but not necessary since they already spend their money there. Sadly some people are fooled by these scams.

    • South Florida Savings Guy says:

      You are correct. Sometimes it can be a β€œone-and-done” perk. Sometimes it can be a consumer experience which changes their mind totally; however, the key is to do your homework to confirm the offer is valid first. Thank you for your input Michael!

  • Sherri Frost says:

    Thank you for this. Publix is my favorite grocery store and it sounded too good to be true. Thanks for keeping us in the loop πŸ™‚

    • South Florida Savings Guy says:

      It’s one of our favorite grocery stores too Sherri! Very reliable service and located in so many places we have a few options of Publix to choose from. Thank you for your input Sherri. πŸ™‚

  • Beth Blacker says:

    I knew the second the first person posted it that it had to be scam. I never click on any offers until I have done a little bit of research online for their validity. Good for you for being an advocate for the people. I wish it wasn’t necessary but since it is I’m glad to know there is always someone like me out there being very skeptical.

    • South Florida Savings Guy says:

      We agree Beth! We noticed it immediately. That’s why we decided to alert others about it instead of staying on the sidelines. Thank you for your kind thoughts and never lose your gut check on reality such as these types of hoaxes. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us Beth.

  • I am grateful that you are sharing this post to help anyone be aware not to be enticed by this fraudulent promotional coupon. Thanks for your intention of doing so.

  • ruby says:

    Thanks for the heads up about the hoax! There are so many hoaxes on Facebook that people don’t ever take the time to check veracity of it.