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Beware of Counterfeit Coupons

Posted on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 7:44 pm
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It’s unfortunate, but there has been a huge rise in the number of counterfeit coupons issued since the economy took such a bad downturn.  I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again – if you find something on ebay or in a trade that is too good to be true, it probably is.

Here are some red flags:  No one is issuing printable coupons for free items anymore.  No one. Coke was doing it last year and the coupon was duplicated and sold on ebay.  Free item coupons are now sent to the customer in the mail.  Proctor and Gamble has NEVER issued printable coupons.  Imagine the interest these high value frauds generated among innocent people who thought they were getting a great deal.  Not a deal – it’s a steal from stores and companies.

There is a $2500 reward out for the counterfeiters of this and other coupons.  The others include the following:

A counterfeit White Castle coupon. White Castle has NEVER issued any printable coupons.
A counterfeit Robitussin coupon
A counterfeit Moist & Meaty Dog Food coupon
A counterfeit Mountain Dew coupon
A counterfeit $5.00 PepsiCo coupon
A counterfeit $2.00 Tropicana coupon
A counterfeit $4.00 McCormick coupon

This is a serious crime which affects all honest couponers.  It makes it harder for us to find and redeem great deals.  It is stealing, from stores and from manufacturers.

Most cashiers are aware of these frauds, and you could find yourself in trouble if you try to redeem counterfeit coupons.  If you are in possession of these, it is best to report the source from whom the counterfeits were obtained.

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