Lowe’s: Beware of Facebook coupon scam

Lowe’s Companies Inc. has identified a scam in which people are being fooled into thinking they’re receiving a $50 or $100 coupon on Facebook.

After a woman contacted the home improvement store via Facebook asking if the coupon was real, Lowe’s responded, “The coupon is not affiliated with Lowe’s in any way. This is a phishing scam. Please be careful.”

In another inquiry from a customer about the coupon, Lowe’s said the coupons are a scam being used to gather information.

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All the places offering freebies, deals for Tax Day 2017

Tax Day can be exciting if you’re expecting a refund, but kind of a downer if you have to cut a check to the IRS. Regardless, many businesses are offering Tax Day deals or giveaways Tuesday in honor of the occasion.

We’ll say it now and then remind you later, but you’ll definitely want to check with your local chains to make sure they’re participating in the following deals. Here’s what you can expect:

Food and drinks

The spot: Great American Cookies
What you get: A free birthday cake cookie
The fine print: This deal is pretty cut-and-dried, all things considered. You’re not required to buy anything else in order to receive the free cookie, and you don’t have to show proof of tax completion. Score!

The spot: Bob Evans
What you get: 30 percent off your bill
The fine print: You’ll need to print this coupon to get the deal.

The spot: Kona Ice
What you get: A free cup of shaved ice
The fine print: You’re not required to show proof that you did your taxes and you don’t have to buy anything else. We love deals like this! Kona wants you to “chill out,” and will have trucks parked all across the country.

The spot: Sonic
What you get: Half-price cheeseburgers
The fine print: Valid for single-patty burgers only, Sonic said on its website.

The spot: Schlotzsky’s
What you get: “The Original” sandwich
The fine print: If you buy a bag of chips and a 32-ounce drink, you’ll get The Original for free. The deal is on for Tuesday only.

The spot: Noodles and Co.
What you get: $4 off your online purchase of $10 or more
The fine print: Use the code TAXDAY17 when you order through April 18.

The spot: Hot Dog on a Stick
What you get: A free original turkey dog
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only, at participating locations. One turkey dog per customer, please!

The spot: Sonny’s BBQ
What you get: A half-priced St. Louis rib dinner
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only, but you can choose sweet and smoky or house dry-rubbed ribs. The meal comes with two sidekicks and bread. Not all Sonny’s locations are offering the deal. The promotion can’t be used with any other offer, coupon or discount. You’re able to dine in or carry out the dinner portion only. This doesn’t include baby back ribs or all-you-can-eat.

The spot: World of Beer
What you get: A free select draught or $5 off your check
The fine print: The offer varies at participating taverns, where legal. The deal runs Tuesday only.

The spot: Hard Rock Cafe
The deal: A free Legendary Burger — if you’re ready to sing
The fine print: This one’s a little trickier: Hard Rock cafes across the country have offered this promotion in the past, but now it seems to be more of a regional deal. For example, at a Tampa location, guests will be able to sing for their supper from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in exchange for a free Legendary Burger, according to published reports. But this doesn’t seem to be the case everywhere, so we remind you again: Before you warm up those pipes, it might be best to call first and ask if the deal is on.

The spot: Hungry Howie’s
What you get: A 15-cent medium, one-topping pizza if you buy a large pizza at menu price
The fine print: This deal runs April 17-19. You must order online, using the promo code TAXDAY at checkout. It’s for carry-out orders only, and the offer isn’t valid in Florida.

The spot: Bruegger’s Bagels
The deal: A $10.40 Big Bagel Bundle (which includes 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese)
The fine print: Valid April 12-19 at participating bakeries, and you’ll have to opt-in to receive emails from Bruegger’s here.

The spot: Boston’s
The deal: A free single order of wings
The fine print: You have to register in the restaurant’s rewards program by Tuesday. Enroll here.

The spot: Boston Market
What you get: A half-chicken meal, including two sides, cornbread, a cookie and a fountain drink, for $10.40.
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only.

The spot: McDonald’s
What you get: This is another regional promotion, so you’ll have to check. But many McDonald’s outlets in South Florida, for example, are letting you buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with cheese and receive another for a penny.
The fine print: Swing by your local McDonald’s to confirm your deal. In the past, McDonald’s hasn’t required a coupon.

The spot: Firehouse Subs
What you get: A free medium sub with a qualifying purchase
The fine print: In order to get the free sub, you’ll need to buy an additional medium or large sub, chips and a medium drink. This runs April 18-20. Here’s a coupon.

Experiences

The spot: HydroMassage
What you get: A free session
The fine print: This offer runs April 15-22. Print a coupon through this website to receive the deal, or to learn more information and find a location near you.

The spot: Our country’s national parks
What you get: Free admission
The fine print: This deal isn’t really Tax Day specific, but it falls around the same time, so we thought to include it. Did you know it’s National Parks Week? That means free entry into the parks this weekend. Just be aware, many of the national parks have special events running around this time, so you’ll want to check with the park of your choice first, to make sure you’re all set.

The spot: Select Wyndham properties
What you get: Up to 35 percent off if you book online by Monday
The fine print: The offer is for select Wyndham and Wyndham Grand hotel properties in Florida, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and other destinations. Use the code HTAX00 to book for travel between May 1 and Sept. 30, according to CNBC.

The spot: The skies
What you get: JetBlue is giving away 1,000 return flights (get it?) for taxpayers who owe the IRS.
The fine print: This is part of JetBlue’s Tax Return Flight giveaway. Enter to win here.

Other

The spot: Staples
What you get: Free paper shredding, up to 2 pounds
The fine print: Here’s a coupon for the details and the deal.

The spot: Office Depot/Office Max
What you get: Free paper shredding, up to 5 pounds
The fine print: This is valid through April 29. Here’s a coupon you’ll need.

So, did we miss any deals you’re aware of? Let us know in the comments!

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All the places offering freebies, deals for Tax Day 2017

Tax Day can be exciting if you’re expecting a refund, but kind of a downer if you have to cut a check to the IRS. Regardless, many businesses are offering Tax Day deals or giveaways Tuesday in honor of the occasion.

We’ll say it now and then remind you later, but you’ll definitely want to check with your local chains to make sure they’re participating in the following deals. Here’s what you can expect:

Food and drinks

The spot: Great American Cookies
What you get: A free birthday cake cookie
The fine print: This deal is pretty cut-and-dried, all things considered. You’re not required to buy anything else in order to receive the free cookie, and you don’t have to show proof of tax completion. Score!

The spot: Bob Evans
What you get: 30 percent off your bill
The fine print: You’ll need to print this coupon to get the deal.

The spot: Kona Ice
What you get: A free cup of shaved ice
The fine print: You’re not required to show proof that you did your taxes and you don’t have to buy anything else. We love deals like this! Kona wants you to “chill out,” and will have trucks parked all across the country.

The spot: Sonic
What you get: Half-price cheeseburgers
The fine print: Valid for single-patty burgers only, Sonic said on its website.

The spot: Schlotzsky’s
What you get: “The Original” sandwich
The fine print: If you buy a bag of chips and a 32-ounce drink, you’ll get The Original for free. The deal is on for Tuesday only.

The spot: Noodles and Co.
What you get: $4 off your online purchase of $10 or more
The fine print: Use the code TAXDAY17 when you order through April 18.

The spot: Hot Dog on a Stick
What you get: A free original turkey dog
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only, at participating locations. One turkey dog per customer, please!

The spot: Sonny’s BBQ
What you get: A half-priced St. Louis rib dinner
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only, but you can choose sweet and smoky or house dry-rubbed ribs. The meal comes with two sidekicks and bread. Not all Sonny’s locations are offering the deal. The promotion can’t be used with any other offer, coupon or discount. You’re able to dine in or carry out the dinner portion only. This doesn’t include baby back ribs or all-you-can-eat.

The spot: World of Beer
What you get: A free select draught or $5 off your check
The fine print: The offer varies at participating taverns, where legal. The deal runs Tuesday only.

The spot: Hard Rock Cafe
The deal: A free Legendary Burger — if you’re ready to sing
The fine print: This one’s a little trickier: Hard Rock cafes across the country have offered this promotion in the past, but now it seems to be more of a regional deal. For example, at a Tampa location, guests will be able to sing for their supper from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in exchange for a free Legendary Burger, according to published reports. But this doesn’t seem to be the case everywhere, so we remind you again: Before you warm up those pipes, it might be best to call first and ask if the deal is on.

The spot: Hungry Howie’s
What you get: A 15-cent medium, one-topping pizza if you buy a large pizza at menu price
The fine print: This deal runs April 17-19. You must order online, using the promo code TAXDAY at checkout. It’s for carry-out orders only, and the offer isn’t valid in Florida.

The spot: Bruegger’s Bagels
The deal: A $10.40 Big Bagel Bundle (which includes 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese)
The fine print: Valid April 12-19 at participating bakeries, and you’ll have to opt-in to receive emails from Bruegger’s here.

The spot: Boston’s
The deal: A free single order of wings
The fine print: You have to register in the restaurant’s rewards program by Tuesday. Enroll here.

The spot: Boston Market
What you get: A half-chicken meal, including two sides, cornbread, a cookie and a fountain drink, for $10.40.
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only.

The spot: McDonald’s
What you get: This is another regional promotion, so you’ll have to check. But many McDonald’s outlets in South Florida, for example, are letting you buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with cheese and receive another for a penny.
The fine print: Swing by your local McDonald’s to confirm your deal. In the past, McDonald’s hasn’t required a coupon.

The spot: Firehouse Subs
What you get: A free medium sub with a qualifying purchase
The fine print: In order to get the free sub, you’ll need to buy an additional medium or large sub, chips and a medium drink. This runs April 18-20. Here’s a coupon.

Experiences

The spot: HydroMassage
What you get: A free session
The fine print: This offer runs April 15-22. Print a coupon through this website to receive the deal, or to learn more information and find a location near you.

The spot: Our country’s national parks
What you get: Free admission
The fine print: This deal isn’t really Tax Day specific, but it falls around the same time, so we thought to include it. Did you know it’s National Parks Week? That means free entry into the parks this weekend. Just be aware, many of the national parks have special events running around this time, so you’ll want to check with the park of your choice first, to make sure you’re all set.

The spot: Select Wyndham properties
What you get: Up to 35 percent off if you book online by Monday
The fine print: The offer is for select Wyndham and Wyndham Grand hotel properties in Florida, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and other destinations. Use the code HTAX00 to book for travel between May 1 and Sept. 30, according to CNBC.

The spot: The skies
What you get: JetBlue is giving away 1,000 return flights (get it?) for taxpayers who owe the IRS.
The fine print: This is part of JetBlue’s Tax Return Flight giveaway. Enter to win here.

Other

The spot: Staples
What you get: Free paper shredding, up to 2 pounds
The fine print: Here’s a coupon for the details and the deal.

The spot: Office Depot/Office Max
What you get: Free paper shredding, up to 5 pounds
The fine print: This is valid through April 29. Here’s a coupon you’ll need.

So, did we miss any deals you’re aware of? Let us know in the comments!

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Target recalls Easter toys due to ‘serious ingestion hazard’

The retailer Target is recalling more than 560,000 water-absorbing Easter egg and dinosaur toys due to a “serious ingestion hazard,” the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday. The recalled products include Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino Egg products.

If swallowed, the toy can expand inside a child’s body and cause “intestinal obstructions, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration, and could be life threatening,” according to the announcement. Surgery is required to remove the toy, the release said.

The commission also warns medical professionals and consumers that if the product is ingested, it might not appear on an X-ray.

Consumers should look for model number 234-25-1200 on the back of the packaging of Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs and Easter Grow Toys products, according to the safety commission website. In addition, the model number for the Hatch Your Own Dino Egg product, 234-09-0016, is inside the packaging of the product.

No injuries or incidents have been reported, according to the announcement. The products should be immediately taken away from children and returned to any Target store for a refund.

The toys were sold in Target stores nationwide from February through March for $1.

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Ford unveils new hybrid police car for high-speed chases

Police departments across the country will now be able to chase fleeing perps in a car that gets an EPA-estimated 38 miles per gallon.

The new Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan will be the first pursuit-rated hybrid police car offered in America, according to Ford.

You may have seen police in your neighborhood driving hybrids like Toyota Priuses or Chevrolet Volts. Those cars are mostly just used to get police officers from one place to another. They’re not intended for pursuing and apprehending suspects in what could be dangerous high-speed chases.

The Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is based on the Ford Fusion Hybrid, but a number of changes have been made to fit it out for serious police work. Among other things, the Police Responder will have better engine cooling, stronger brakes, a more rugged suspension system and skid plates underneath to protect mechanical components when the car drives over curbs.

In order to officially qualify as “pursuit rated,” the Ford Police Responder will be tested this fall by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police, two agencies that rate pursuit vehicles for police departments across the country. Ford is confident it will pass based on the automaker’s own internal testing. The car will be available this spring.

Besides being able to catch criminals, Ford is also touting the $3,900 in annual fuel savings per car compared to regular police cars. The hybrid’s fuel economy is almost twice is good as that of the non-hybrid Ford Police Interceptor.

Police cars spend about 60% of their on-duty time running at idle, according to Ford. Hybrid cars use little or no gas while idling.

The Police Responder’s interior has also been modified for police use with front seat cushions shaped to accommodate equipment belts and gun holsters. The back seat area has been designed without seatback or door pockets where a suspect could hide contraband or weapons. The backrests of the front seat are also equipped with protective anti-stab panels.The car has easy-to-clean surfaces for the ready removal of unspeakable messes.

The Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is intended mostly for urban use, according to Ford. For chasing down speedsters on the highway, Ford’s Taurus-based Police Interceptor, available with a turbocharged V6 engine, is still recommended. For one thing, the Police Responder lacks protection against high-speed rear impacts that can occur when police cars are stopped on the shoulder of a highway.

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