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Old 04-23-2011, 07:02 AM
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Info What is Coupon Fraud? What are the penalties if convicted?

With everything that is going on in the coupon world, I have done a little research regarding Coupon Fraud. So exactly what is it and how is it committed?

Coupon fraud is using a coupon for any other way that it's intended use.

1) Use a coupon on a different size other than specified size stated on the coupon.

EXAMPLES:

Using a Crest Rinse 946 mL coupon to purchase a 16 ounce bottle (It should be at least 32 ounces)
Using Tide detergent trial size but the coupon reads 50 ounce Tide

2) Use a coupon for a different variety other than the specific variety of the same brand

EXAMPLES:

Purchasing "Diet Pepsi" when the coupon specifically states "Pepsi Max"
Purchasing "Mars Snickers" when the coupon specifically states "Mars Milky Way"

3) Using a coupon on a lesser amount of items but the coupon reads must buy "so many" and get so much off.

EXAMPLE:

Purchase 1 Oral B Indicator toothbrush and the coupon reads "Buy 2 Oral B Indicator toothbrushes to get $2 off
Purchasing 2 cans of fruit cocktail and the coupon reads "Buy 3 for $1.50 off".

4) Using a coupon that is for one brand manufactured by the same company on one of their other brands

EXAMPLE:

Using a Crest White Strips coupon when purchasing Tide
Using a Nestle's Taster Choice coffee coupon when purchasing a Nestle's Crunch candy bar

(NOTE: No individual or coupon class should be teaching this method. If you know of this or someone, please report them to the Consumer Information Company.)

5) Using expired coupons - Read the store's policy! It will usually say in it if they accept or not accept them. I have seen a few stores that have special days when they will accept them - be on the look out for them!!!

6) Using photocopied coupons! BIG NO-NO!!! If your computer allows you to print two, only print two. DO NOT SCAN OR PHOTOCOPY THEM!!! They are linked to your IP address and may be traced as they have unique serial numbers printed on them.

7) Using picture capture software to print numerous coupons. There are not too many coupons on the internet that actually show the picture of the coupons.

8) Modifying a coupon or creating a replica. Changing the expiration date or the bar code or wording.

9) Selling coupons or buying coupons.

If you have questions about a specific coupon and it's usage, just ask.

Also, be CONSIDERATE!! When good coupons come along, only print two, leave some for the rest of us (this is in regards to Facebook and other sites). The manufacturers only allow so many prints of their coupons. Once they are gone, others lose out. It is just like clearing a shelf at a store! PLEASE DO NOT BE GREEDY!!! We all want to save money and there is enought of the pie for all of us! PLEASE BE PATIENT your stockpiles will grow in no time at all!




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What are the Penalties for Coupon Fraud, if convicted?

Penalties for those convicted of coupon fraud related crimes vary by each case and the number of laws violated.

As of March 5, 2010:
Longest prison sentence: 17 years
Highest financial penalty: $5 million
Prison sentences of three to five years are not uncommon.
Financial penalties generally vary, but have often been in excess of $200,000.

It's not worth the extra 50 cents off of the Bounty paper towels, and/or not to be able to enjoy your future savings and stockpiles!

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Old 04-23-2011, 09:22 AM
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And what about those that are taking items that they receive free or nearly free (or BOGO) and return them to the store for the cash? I am new to couponing and am disgusted that people are doing this. Is it any wonder cashiers and CSM's dislike couponers?
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9) Selling coupons or buying coupons.
Ok.. Confused by this one.. What about the clipping sites that sell Qs and inserts?
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:36 AM
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Ok.. Confused by this one.. What about the clipping sites that sell Qs and inserts?
me too. Many people buy coupons with clippers and ebay. Lots and lots of people are going to go to prison. It will keep correctional officers in business What about the person who accidentally uses a coupon thinking it was April 30 and it was really May 1st to they go to prison too? People read your coupons and know what dates it is or you are going to prison.
I don't think people should use coupons illegally but people do make honest mistakes.
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me too. Many people buy coupons with clippers and ebay. Lots and lots of people are going to go to prison. It will keep correctional officers in business What about the person who accidentally uses a coupon thinking it was April 30 and it was really May 1st to they go to prison too? People read your coupons and know what dates it is or you are going to prison.
I don't think people should use coupons illegally but people do make honest mistakes.
I agree with a lot you said, but you don't have to pick fun at the OP, they're just trying to highlight what's considered illegal(and if you want to get down to it, if clippers DIDNT have that disclaimer about their time and effort, they'd be in the wrong), and what can happen. We see a lot of misuse, intentional and non-intentional, on here. I think a good stout warning about what can happen is sometimes the way to make ppl sit up and pay attention and take things more seriously.
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I agree with a lot you said, but you don't have to pick fun at the OP, they're just trying to highlight what's considered illegal(and if you want to get down to it, if clippers DIDNT have that disclaimer about their time and effort, they'd be in the wrong), and what can happen. We see a lot of misuse, intentional and non-intentional, on here. I think a good stout warning about what can happen is sometimes the way to make ppl sit up and pay attention and take things more seriously.
Thank you OP

I believe that most people probably made honest mistakes using coupons. I am not making fun of the op I am making fun of the law. Why would the law waste time to arrest, trail and prison for someone making a mistake. They didn't arrest J'aime and she did it on purpose. If you go to a clippers or ebay you are buying coupons, period. I know they say they are selling there time, but really. When they do their taxes at the end of the year what do they claim, coupons are their time?
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I am pretty new to coupons, only about 4 months. I thought the coupon wouldnt work if it wasnt for the right thing. Not so?
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I thank you for this post. I always try to read the coupons to make sure I don't do anything wrong. I would just die if I went to jail for something. Heck I got diarrhea one time for 2 weeks just because I was a witness and had to go to testify in a case that had nothing to do with me. LOL. I can't imagine going to jail over a coupon.
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I have a feeling that people who keep saying don't sell or buy coupons, do occasionally get coupons or inserts from clipping services. I am not saying the OP, I don't know the OP, don't know why this was posted or what not.

But, I just find it hard to believe that most extreme couponers purchase a newspaper for each and every Q that they get.
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