DALLAS — You really can get some good deals if you clip coupons. Some of the ‘deals’ are too good to be true. You probably realize that, but think “what if it ISN’T a scam and I miss out.” Don’t bother. It is a scam, and you won’t miss what you’re “missing out” on.
“There are some real coupons that you can print off of your computer, but I think anything that’s a really really high return, like a $500 gift card for participating, that would be a sign that it may not be legitimate,” said Jeannette Kopko with the Dallas Better Business Bureau.
Scammers know you’re looking for a deal because you’re looking for coupons. It kind of makes you an easy target.
Don’t be an easy target.
Watch out for any offer that’s way more than the others. Manufacturers won’t be giving out their products for free. If you find something for 75 percent off, it’s probably a scam.
Most often, the fake coupons are phishing for your information or your cash.
“You’re going to get deluged with a lot of other questionable offers: spam, unsolicited texts, things that are going to try to draw you in to other things that are going to cost you money,” said Kopko.
If you think a coupon is a fake, check out the Coupon Information Corporation. It has a long list of reported counterfeit coupons.
Of course, there’s always the newspaper coupons. You won’t find a computer virus there.
If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.