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WANTED: Woman uses $700 worth of fake coupons

submitted on June 19, 2010 by DebsFreebies in "Member's Lounge"


It’s being reported that a woman in Richland County, SC used $700 worth of counterfeit coupons at a local Food Lion Market. The coupons appear to have been color copies of a couple which appear to have been printed using a home computer.

“Authorities are searching for her, if you have any information or possibly even recognize her, there is a reward being offered. Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to Crimestoppers of the Midlands. You can also text information in by texting “TIPSC” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.”

How in the world did she get away with $700 worth of coupons, I have no idea…. I barely can use a B1G1F coupon without having the cashier look at me funny and then scrutinize the coupon several times before allowing it! After she's called the manager. And heaven forbid if I get a FREE product coupon....

What are your thoughts? I know some stores in my area no longer accept printer coupons...it has to be from the company itself with a hologram. Sheesh!
 

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  • 67058
    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on June 19, 2010
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    Couldn't have been all in one shopping trip, could it? Seems to me that alone would have triggered calling the manager at the time of checking out. Maybe she had an accomplice working as a checker.....

    When I had the free dozen eggs coupon, every manager on duty at my Kroger had to examine it and discuss it, and they almost refused it.

    The Purina Pro Club stopped sending high value coupons a few years ago (they send $7 checks instead), which are causing just as much trouble as the coupons did!
  • 67068
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on June 19, 2010
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    With so many people using coupons to save money, it has become a rat race trying to get the best ones. Once you do, you have to go through so much just to cash them in.

    I would imagine this woman visited this store on many occasions.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on June 19, 2010
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      You're right, she could get away with the fraud if she was passing a few coupons at a time. Probably the store management didn't catch on until later, when they were notified that they would be unable to collect on the coupons they had submitted for reimbursement.
  • 67077
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on June 19, 2010
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    What's really sad is that she could have gotten REAL coupons...maybe not $700 worth, but she would have saved money legitimately.
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on June 19, 2010
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      So true. Not like coupons are difficult to get. They are everywhere! Smile

      Reminds me of the fact that almost 60% of bank robbers get caught, many on the same day, and still there are bank robberies
  • 67081
    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on June 19, 2010
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    Side thought...

    Having saved so much with fake coupons, you think she could afford a more tasteful looking purse. Neutral

    It looks more like a preschool lunch bag with those handles than anything else.
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    • WhattaDealBlog
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      Posted by WhattaDealBlog on June 19, 2010
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      I'd say it looks like to Olympic medals attached to a bag.
  • 67082
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on June 19, 2010
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    LOL...I guess she faked out the coupons for grocery only. Her next trick is fake coupons for apparel.
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    • WhattaDealBlog
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      Posted by WhattaDealBlog on June 19, 2010
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      I'd like to get some fake $$$ from the bank coupons...
  • 67121
    Tarun
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    Posted by Tarun on June 19, 2010
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    See, this would never have happened if she used Buxr instead.
  • 67133
    deby32953
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    Posted by deby32953 on June 19, 2010
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    Oh, NO, It's me!!
  • 67136
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on June 19, 2010
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    LOL..I don't think you fit the description!
  • 67156
    deby32953
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    Posted by deby32953 on June 19, 2010
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    Well, gained a bit of weight, cut & dyed my hair, my skin too...
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    • Tarun
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      Posted by Tarun on June 20, 2010
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      So you did like Kirk Lazarus? You had a pigmentation alteration too?

      Lazarus had a controversial "pigmentation alteration" surgery to darken his skin for his portrayal of the African American character Sergeant Lincoln Osiris.
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    • Tarun
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      Posted by Tarun on June 20, 2010
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      ^ And for those of you who got the Tropic Thunder reference, kudos to you. Smile
  • 67179
    deby32953
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    Posted by deby32953 on June 20, 2010
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    Why, ahhh, yes, I did. Well, ahh, actually, you know that hot FL sun really does damage to your skin!
  • 67197
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on June 20, 2010
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    I'm worried, now...I live in Florida but it hasn't um, that I know of, um damaged my skin to that extent Mr Green
  • 67199
    deby32953
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    Posted by deby32953 on June 20, 2010
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    LOL. I'm not even allowed to go in the sun. Causes exacerbations of my MS! Was fun while it lasted though!! Big Grin
  • 67232
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on June 20, 2010
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    I can relate..you have MS, I have MG (myasthenia gravis)...heat is murder for me.
  • 67256
    iggy27
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    Posted by iggy27 on June 20, 2010
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    Wow, what A Shame. Coupons Are Great To Get A Discount. How Did She Do It. I Hope It Doesn't Hurt people Using Real Coupons.
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on June 20, 2010
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      In fact it does. The more coupon fraud, the more strict company policies become regarding coupon use. Some stores choose to not accept internet (printed) coupons altogether. They do not get reimbursed for fake coupons and it is a simple business decision for them.

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