Fraud Alert: Illegal Couponing In Phoenix


Arizona is home to many things: politically conservative laws, my grandparents, and the latest couponing scandal. This morning, three women were arrested in a “first of its kind” case in the US, as eBay sellers that were involved in an elaborate counterfeit coupon scheme being called the largest discovered by authorities. The outcome? Stores and manufacturers lost millions of dollars, no small amount of change.

Like me, you may be left wondering, who can you trust? An increasing number of us are looking for value and savings, relying on trusted sources of deals, but wondering where the value is, if the trust is taken away. Don’t let yourself be swindled.

1. Safeguard yourself. Couponing fraud takes many different forms, and hurts everyone.Make sure you’re going with a reliable source to save. One place to start is by joining our community of DealPros, a well-known and respected group of bloggers that are not only savvy, but ethical. 2. Be educated. If you’re not sure what exactly is legal or illegal in the couponing world, then it’s time to get educated. There are a number of resources available, whether it’s reading a blog article or taking a couponing class in your neighborhood. We’re committed to helping our users be smart shoppers, and several months ago launched SavingsNation, which connects you to a local DealPro who teaches you how to save, while keeping your morals intact.

3. Clip or click. Did you know it’s illegal to purchase coupons? Unless you’re clipping them yourself, or clicking for an offer on a coupon site, you could be breaking the law. If you’re not sure whether or not the coupon you have is legitimate, check out the Coupon Information Center’s Fraud List.

A few of our DealPros have also written up a brief list of tips and tricks on how to save money without risking jail time, which you can find below:

I Am That Lady
Saving Cents With Sense
I Heart The Mart
Coupon Princess
Bargain Briana
Give Me Neither
Bargain Blessings

Tell us in the comments: Have you ever purchased a coupon?

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  1. Susan.Yoo-Lee

    2 years ago

    I just read about this on all the couponing sites I follow. Most of the coupons were high value manufacturer coupons which are the ones that everyone looks out for because they offer the greatest discounts. Unfortunately with illegal activities like these, the amount of high value coupons being offered by manufacturers have greatly reduced. So for honest couponers which I would say is the majority, lose out on great coupons like those.

    With hundreds of millions lost by American manufacturers, I wonder if they will go in a different direction when it comes to coupons.

    I also wonder if any of these illegal coupons were used in Extreme Couponing? Hopefully this incident will not ruin the couponing experience for the masses.

  2. basketcreationsva

    2 years ago

    No I haven’t purchased coupons, but I was thinking about it! In the article you say it is illegal to purchase coupons, where did you get that information?

  3. Susan.Yoo-Lee

    2 years ago

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