How to spot fake coupons | News
(WMC-TV) - >$5.
It could be the official logo of coupon fraud.
Josh Elledge, founder of SavingsAngel.com and CouponIntegrity.com, said any coupon offering more than $5 off the retail price needs a second look. Elledge said that's one of the signs of a counterfeit coupon.
* COUPONS FOR SALE ON EBAY. Elledge said they claim you are only paying for shipping or postage, but he said you are most likely bidding on counterfeits.
* COUPONS DISTRIBUTED AS PDF (ADOBE ACROBAT) FILES VIA E-MAIL.
* LONG EXPIRATION DATES. There are legitimate coupons out there that have no expiration dates, but you must confirm they are the actual manufacturers' coupons. Elledge said the typical life of a coupon's expiration is three months.
* VALUE INCONSISTENCIES.
* MISSING BAR CODES OR BAR CODES THAT CANNOT BE SCANNED.
* MISSING LEGAL COPY. If the fine-print legal disclaimer is missing from the coupon, that's a sign the bad guy failed to include it when the coupon was counterfeited.
* TYPOS. Elledge said counterfeiters are notoriously poor spellers, especially of products' brand names.
Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.