Lots of people were going crazy on social media sharing a post that Kohl's would be giving away $150 gift cards to anyone who shared the post!

Turns out if it is too good to be true, chances are it is! According to snopes.com, the Kohl's gift card giveaway was a scam.

This fake offer was just another variation of a long-running form of scam with a familiar pattern.

First, scammers set up look-alike websites and social media pages that mimic those of legitimate companies in order to promote scams advertising free gift cards or coupons. Users who respond to those fake offers are required to share a website link or social media post in order to spread the scam more widely and lure in additional victims. Then those users are presented with a “survey” that extracts personal information such as email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and even sometimes credit card numbers. Finally, those who wish to claim their “free” gift cards or coupons eventually learn they must first sign up to purchase a number of costly goods, services, or subscriptions (negating the “free” aspect of the offer).

Again, if you are unsure of a giveaway, you can contact the store and ask or contact your local Better Business Bureau.

Keep in mind, this is the season for scammers!

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