What happens if you use fake coupons?

Coupon fraud is a punishable offense and, while penalties vary case by case, the Coupon Information Corporation (aka, the CIC) says that the harshest convictions for this type of fraud include a 17-year prison sentence and a financial penalty of up to $5 million. Coupon Fraud is very serious.

Is coupon glittering illegal?

What is this? Coupon glittering is the act of using a glitch in coupon codes/barcodes to your advantage (illegally).

How can you tell if coupons are fake?

From the expiration date to the missing barcode, here are 7 easy ways to spot a fake coupon.

  1. Check the link. Always check the link of a coupon before using it.
  2. Compare the font.
  3. Look for a barcode.
  4. Check the expiration date.
  5. Does the coupon cost money?
  6. Does the coupon exclude anyone?
  7. Check the Coupon Information Center.

Is Faking coupons illegal?

Coupon fraud is almost always a violation of federal, state or local laws and those who participate in it face the possibility of criminal punishment.

What does glittering mean in couponing?

Coupon glittering is when users exploit an error in the way the coupon has been made to use it on products that it wasn’t intended for. Glittering is another word for glitching, and it’s made possible when coupons aren’t coded properly.

How do you tell if a coupon has been photocopied?

Each printable coupon has its own unique # on it. Look at the image above – the numbers next to the red arrows need to be all different if you have multiple printable coupons of the same product. If the numbers are the same, then you are scamming the system and its like using counterfeit money.

Is it illegal to buy coupons?

Even if there is not a direct criminal penalty involved, both coupon buyers and sellers open the door to potential litigation when they buy or sell coupons because they are in violation of the “nontransferability” clause printed on all coupons distributed within the United States. The transfer makes a coupon void.

Is Extreme Couponing a mental illness?

Unlike the mentally ill who are depicted on the show “Hoarders,” or the drug-addicts seen on “Intervention,” the heroines on “Extreme Couponing” are not the least bit ashamed of the obsessive compulsion that has taken control of their lives.

What does IP stand for in coupons?

Printable Internet Coupon Inserts
IP – Printable Internet Coupon. Inserts – Coupon packets that come in the Sunday Paper. The most common inserts are SmartSource and Redplum, which typically come every Sunday, and the P&G, which usually arrives around the first of the month.

What is a coupon fairy?

A coupon fairy is someone who gives the gift of couponing to unsuspecting shoppers of the world. If you have a coupon that you aren’t going to use, you don’t need to throw it away. Instead, you can make sure the coupon doesn’t go to waste by passing it on!