- Simply use the coupons you obtain from your newspaper, manufacturer’s web site, Facebook page or their authorized coupon distributor (all of our resource links are to credible coupon sources).
- Never pay money for a coupon (coupon books from trusted retailers excluded).
- Do not download coupons from Internet forums (these could be altered especially if the coupon is in a pdf. or jpg. format – do not use these).
- Google a deal or coupon if it seems too good to be true.
- If a friend e-mails you coupons that look unprofessional, especially high value or free product coupons, they may be counterfeit.
- Most manufacturers follow common sense practices about Internet Print-at-Home Coupons, for example, the coupon itself should not be visible on your computer screen. A copy of these guidelines is available here.
- For a copy of guidelines and to see a list of identified fraudulent coupons, go to Coupon Information Center’s website (you will notice that all of these are very high dollar amounts or for free products).
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Coupon Fraud - 102
Last week I posted Coupon Fraud - 101. A few days later MojoSavings was talking about it too and listed some pretty great guidelines on how to be aware and avoid them!