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Coupon Sale Scams

How the scam works:

(with video below) Crooks make a habit of selling fake coupons for different manufacturers on via Craigslist, Oodle, Facebook ads, or Twitter. The coupon fraud comes in many ways. One would be that the coupon you have has already been used; the bar code has been scanned already. The second one is when the coupon is an actual fake. Well designed and crafted, these usually go for higher amounts of cash.

A third example would be when the coupon is featured on a website that requires you to provide more personal information than it should. Last but not least, another coupon fraud example is when the coupon is featured on a third-party site that charges you an extra fee. These could have a high value, such as a $30 off deal for something that would cost around $40. Want more?

Watch the video below to see six other examples of coupon fraud:

Six Coupon Fraud Examples Video


How to avoid the Coupon Sale scams:

Don't buy coupons online, unless you are willing to take the risk. People love buying coupons on the Internet and that's why scammers proliferate in this kind of fraud. Most of the coupons all over the world cannot be sold by law (to get around it scammers use the expression "clipping fee"). It is mentioned in the fine print. If you do buy online, visit, which is a great site where you can check if the coupon is a fake or not.


How to report the Coupon Sale scams:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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