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How to spot fake in-store coupons?

submitted on March 7, 2010 by YanBz in "Coupons / Coupon Codes"
Need your help with tips on how to spot fake in-store coupons. Please add them to the wiki page (linked below), or just leave a comment to this thread and I will add them myself. Thanks!

This page is linked from the Coupon Tips (accessible via the main wiki page)

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    Posted by midget on March 7, 2010
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    some obvious clues:

    coupons kinda fuzzy (not clear)
    appears altered in some manner (expiration date, quantities allowed, etc)
    If the deal is too good to be true - especially from retailers that seldom release coupons such as $5 off a 4 pack of Red Bull

    If we're talking mfr. coupons you can also cross reference here to see some of the latest fraudulent manufacturer's coupons being circulated:
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    Posted by redsoxrokk on March 7, 2010
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    Bad spelling, and statements llike "BUY NOW!" "GREAT DEAL!". (in all caps.)
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    Posted by WhattaDealBlog on March 7, 2010
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    Never install software to get your coupons unless it is from a "trusted and respectable" site.

    Not really about a fake coupon, but a warning about sites offering fake coupons.
    • pablos17
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      Posted by pablos17 on March 8, 2010
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      Very good point about not installing software from non-reputable sources. Another thing I would recommend is installing an anti-malware app such as Spybot Search & Destroy (and run the teatimer that comes with it). This program will help prevent changes to your Windows registry that can get corrupted just by visiting the wrong site. I accidentally clicked on a coupon site link from a google search and my PC was corrupted with malware (Antivirus XP). It was a total pain rid my computer of this fake software.

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