Hy-Vee Warns Of Social Media Scam

Date posted - March 7, 2016

Hy-Vee LogoNorthwest Iowa — A fraudulent scam has been reported in this area, this time on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.  This scam is a fraudulent Hy-Vee grocery giveaway post circulating on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.

Hy-Vee company officials say the giveaway is not affiliated with or supported by Hy-Vee, and they urge their customers to not engage with the scam website or provide their personal information.

According to Hy-Vee, in recent weeks, these posts have surfaced using the likeness of other major retailers, as well.  Hy-Vee says they suggest that you beware of any offers that sound too good to be true, have unaffiliated URLs and contain grammatical errors or misspellings.

Hy-Vee says they are diligently working to get the website taken down. In the meantime, they recommend that you not share the post and simply delete it. The fraudulent post states people will receive $150 worth of groceries for their birthday.

Hy-Vee says they want their customers to know this giveaway is in no way affiliated with Hy-Vee.  The company also wants to educate customers on the dangers posed by sharing and clicking on the post, according to Hy-Vee Vice President of Communications Tara Deering-Hansen.

People who have accidentally clicked on the scam link and provided their personal information will want to scan their computer for viruses and malware and change any password information.

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