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I cannot stress enough about where you get your printable coupon information — Budget Savvy Diva knows someone who found out about a “fake” ( they did not know at the time) coupon from another deal site and was caught and fine the $2,500!
I want to put out there ways for you to spot fake coupons. Will REAL coupons have SOME of these characteristics YES! But if your coupon has more then 1 of these characteristics it’s most likely a fake!
The expiration date: Remember the better the coupon ( High value coupons or coupons that have no size limit) have a shorter time it is good for. So if a printable coupon has more then 6 months till its expiration date – RED FLAG
The coupon has no expiration date: Fake coupon can be spotted sometimes without having an expiration date – makes sense the person who made the fake coupon wants to use it as long as possible. Some coupons will not have an expiration’s date the only way i have gotten these coupons is from emailing the company and receiving them in the mail. A company most likely will NOT offer a PRINTABLE coupon without an expiration date.
The coupon did not have a UPC code - HUGE RED FLAG – If there is no UPC it cannot be traced. BUT at the same time if there is no UPC/Barcode how will the store scan it?
Hope this helps you be able to tell fake coupons from real ones. Please let me know if you find one at