“Hey ALDI fans! Looks like another fake ALDI coupon is making its way around the internet,” the low-cost grocery store said in a Monday Facebook post. “We’re sorry for any confusion, but we don’t offer electronic coupons and they won’t be accepted at our stores. We’re currently working on fixing the situation, but we’d love your help. Feel free to share this post to help us spread the word.”
The November scam is the latest in a string of fake coupons claiming to be from the retailer.
In March, WSYR reported that Facebook user Melissa Sheriff noticed a post that claimed to offer a $100-off coupon at Aldi stores, and it seemed too good to be true.
"Next thing I know everyone is sharing it," Sheriff said. "People are sharing it on each other's pages and messaging the coupon to each other and tagging each other in posts saying, ‘Great deal, great deal, you have to print out this coupon.'"
Aaron Sumida, vice president of Aldi’s Tully division, issued the following statement in response to the scam:
We understand the confusion that some customers have experienced with digital coupon scams affecting ALDI and other retailers. On Friday, we shared a post on our Facebook page to let our customers know that ALDI doesn't issue electronic coupons or gift cards. These offers weren't authorized or distributed by ALDI and will not be honored at ALDI locations. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this situation may cause our customers.
“There’s a fake ALDI coupon making its way around the internet…again. We don’t offer electronic coupons and they won’t be accepted at our stores. We’re working on fixing the situation, so if you’d like to help us out and spread the news, feel free to share this post. We’re sorry for the confusion,” the company said.
Aldi is not the only retailer being used in fake coupon scams. Kroger and Publix grocery stores have also been victims of coupons claiming to offer $60 and $75 off of purchases.
The takeaway for many of these offers is that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.