I saw this posted on Facebook and I just had to share it here on TFF as well. This is absolutely crazy and just makes me shake my head.
A widespread counterfeiting and forgery operation linked to a Phoenix home has led to the arrests of three woman and the seizure of $25 million in fake coupons, Phoenix police said. More than 40 of the nation’s largest manufacturers were victimized in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the U.S. Read more over here…
I thought this would be a good opportunity to discuss coupon fraud again. I covered the topic in this post, but it all boils down to how you acquire a coupon. I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that you NEVER purchase coupons. I’ll be honest, I’ve purchased groups of coupons from the Sunday paper before on Ebay when I wanted to stock up on a particular item. Not anymore though. I just never realized this kind of fraud was going on. The sellers on Ebay say they’re not selling the coupons, but instead they’re selling their time – the time it takes them to clip and ship the coupons. I say it’s a mighty fine line. I suppose the same goes for coupon clipping services, thought I’d love to hear what you think about this. FREE product coupons should always raise a red flag for you though.
If you’re unsure if a coupon is valid, you can check this list of known fraudulent coupons first. You should know that ANY printable coupon I post here on The Frugal Find is safe to use and coupons from coupons.com, redplum.com, Coupon Network, or Smartsource.com have their own encrypted fraud safeguarding. They can and have been able to track back to individuals who abuse these coupons by making photo copies or altering their printers computers to override print limits. Please DO NOT take part in any of these practices.
Isn’t this an absolutely CRAZY story?!
Thanks Bargain Briana for sharing this news article!