6 Tips To Keep You From Committing Coupon Fraud

June 20, 2012 | Posted By: Shannen Bayless | Categorized in: Couponing
If you’ve watched closely on episodes of TLC’s Extreme Couponing or if you read other popular blogs, you’ve probably noticed a lot of attention being drawn to coupon fraud. Whether it’s buying items you don’t have the correct coupons for or using “fake’ coupons to purchase items, it’s still wrong.

With so many coupons out there, how do you know if the ones you’re clipping or printing are legitimate or not? And how can you as a coupon shopper protect yourself from unknowingly using fraudulent coupons?

Below is a list of things you should never do as a consumer according to the Coupon Information Corporation:

  • Photocopy coupons

  • By photocopying coupons you are counterfeiting coupons. Even printable ones you find on the internet should never be photocopied.

  • Decoding coupons

  • Always use a coupon for the product it is intended for. If you use a coupon for something other than the product it was intended, you are committing fraud.

  • Buying coupons

  • You could inadvertently be buying stolen or counterfeit coupons.

  • Stealing newspapers

  • This is just plain wrong for any reason.

  • Buying “extra” coupons from your newspaper carrier

  • This is could be a violation of your carrier’s employment agreement.

  • Reselling stockpiles

  • The purpose of coupons is to give consumers a good deal on a product, not provide them with a way to make money! I personally don’t think I’d want to buy something that could have been sitting in some stranger’s basement for weeks or months!

The CIC has lots of information on their website regarding coupon fraud, including a list of fraudulent coupons that are in circulation right now. As a rule of thumb, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
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June 20, 2012 | Posted By: burkotron5k
So is this basically a how-to?
June 20, 2012 | Posted By: FrugalFreaky
While back a merchant withdrew a coupon and those that used legit coupons were accused of fraud because the coupon was rescinded due to it going out of scope of what maket it had intended. It wasn't a fraud coupon, It was just an uncontrolled marketing campaign. I take this post for it's worth of it's grain of salt.
June 20, 2012 | Posted By: FrugalFreaky
My comment was about source of info, not blogger.
June 20, 2012 | Posted By: FrugalFreaky
and buying an item from a stockpile is not fraud, just not profiteering for those that want to discourage it.
June 25, 2012 | Posted By: WorkerAnt
The purpose of coupon is to get the customer into the store. So what if coupon is sent to guy A and A give it to B whom went into the store, make the purchase and use the coupon? It's still a sell. There are many ways they can control the coupon, and the option to control it or not is up to them.
July 16, 2012 | Posted By: ilovetarget
So true that is not coupon fraud.Only cause u resell stuff from your stockpile. Your giving totally wrong info!!!!! About reselling your stockpile. If people want 2 buy from someone's stockpile they r not doing anything fraudulent about that.:P
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