A legitimate coupon will always come from a legitimate source. Scam coupons circulating on Facebook or appearing in your email may look real, but they won't come from a company's official social media page, website, or email account. Making multiple copies of coupons is considered counterfeiting and is against the law. When using online coupon sites that offer printable coupons, the number of times the coupons can be printed is posted on the websites and it is important to adhere to the rules.
A good source to find out which fake coupons are circulating is to check out The Coupon Information Corporation (CIC), which maintains an updated online list of counterfeit coupons. There's always one downside: if the coupon has a high discount percentage, you'll be asked to pay an incredibly high shipping fee. It's too good to be true: if the whole coupon code seems too good to be true, then it's not. This is not something new; stores always offered discounts or coupons, except that now this has moved to online stores.
So to avoid both the hassle and potential dangers that come with fake coupons, here are some tips to help you spot them. Report coupons you see that seem questionable by submitting any valuable information you have about where you saw or received a questionable coupon. I have heard that some coupon websites are fake (fake coupons) and can infect your computer with a virus. Check the date: Yes, many coupon codes are suitable for use only for a short period of time (for example, a couple of days).
Most responsible coupon users and those who post coupons online to help others will want to know if a coupon is fake. Online sites that sell coupons often claim that coupons are free and that any charge passed to a shopper is for the envelopes and postage used to send the coupons in the mail or for the time needed to maintain an inventory of coupons to sell. I haven't seen, and haven't been able to find any recent reports of, price increases due to coupon fraud. Coupon fraud is almost always a violation of federal, state, or local laws and those who participate in it face the possibility of criminal punishment.
Not all stores offer scam coupons; you can be sure of that (that's why you should always look for stores that are well-known and have a good reputation). The Coupon Information Corporation, a national nonprofit organization that protects coupon manufacturers, maintains a list of counterfeit coupons. A legitimate site that cares about its customers and offers coupon codes will never try to sell them. Coupons can help protect this valuable way of saving money by being alert and helping to reduce the distribution and use of fake coupons.