Everyone is looking to save, but using coupons that are fake is not the way to do so. Using a coupon that was not made by the manufacturer can land you in jail and with thousands of dollars in fines. Coupon fraud is quickly becoming a hot trend, but don’t jump the band wagon unless you are ready to suffer some very serious consequences.
Even if you were unaware of a coupon being a fake and use it at your local store, you can still serve jail time and pay huge fines, so be careful of where you get your coupons. I tend to only use coupons from my local Sunday Newspaper and from the printable coupon sites that I have used and trusted for years- Coupons.com, RedPlum, Coupon Network or SmartSource.
Here are a few tips to spotting a fraudulent coupon….
- You are able to print multiples of the same coupon- most legitimate printable coupon sites will only allow you to print 2 from the same computer. Getting an email with a sheet full of coupons to print or a PDF file of a coupon should tell you right away this coupon is not legit.
- The deal is too good to be true- if the coupon is making an item completely FREE before it is even on sale, is a good sign it’s not legit.
- It expires months or even years from now- most coupons are only good just a few weeks. So when you get a coupon that expires several months from now or even years, you know it is a fake.
Here are a few of the latest fraudulent coupon…..
JM Smucker Company-Crisco-On five 6oz-$9.00 expires 10/29/2012- 0051500-978969
The Folgers Coffee Company- Dunkin’ Donuts- Any flavor -$7.00 expires 10/31/2012 -0081334-408860
Land O’ Frost- Deli meats -On any three- $10.00 expires 10/26/2012 – 0051900-527030
Georgia Pacific- Angel Soft bath tissue -One package- Free expires 06/30/2013- 0043133
Unilever – Klondike – On any pack – $3.25 expires 12/02/2012 – 4603083
Thanks for this information from CIC!