Counterfeit Coupon Alert: 81 Fraudulent Coupons Circulating Now

 Counterfeit Coupon Alert: 81 Fraudulent Coupons Circulating Now

I was very sad to see a counterfeit coupon alert posted on Hotcouponworld this afternoon.  It’s very alarming but this time the list of coupons the CIC has labeled as fraudulent is 81 coupons long.  That is a lot of coupons out there that stores won’t be reimbursed on and that will cause stores to become even more unwilling to accept printable coupons.

I ask you to please check out the list of fraudulent coupons distributed by the Coupon Information Center.  If you receive any of these coupons via email please alert the sender that the coupon is not a valid coupon and advise they stop using the coupon.  Also, please read this post I wrote about counterfeit coupons almost a year ago.  It is very important that as coupon users we are aware of the validity of the coupons we use. Unfortunately coupon counterfeiters hurt us all.

Click here to see all 81 counterfeit coupons listed.

Comments

  1. Veronica M. says:

    Sadly, I was told at the local Wal Mart by two managers that they no longer accept printable coupons as a result of fraud. I was really bummed because the closest Target or Wal Mart is 40 minutes away, and it is tough to have to drive that far with two boys ages, 18 months and 6 months.

    • pennyscents says:

      That’s taking it a little too far on their part. There are legitimate internet coupons. Many of the coupons printed from the BIG sites have watermarks right on the coupons. Those can not be copied. There are stores that will not take an internet coupon if it won’t scan. That I can understand. I know sometimes they can enter the upc #’s in manually too. Sometimes it works that way, but not when scanned. That’s the same thing they have to do when they enter in the upc off of an item that they sell in the store, and it won’t scan. I think it’s still legit that way too. Idk, though. Maybe somebody could take the upc off of a legit coupon, and put it on the fraudulent coupon to make it go through this way.

  2. Tirade says:

    The coupon values on most of those coupons are so ridiculously high that I don’t know how anyone could believe they were real.

  3. Debbie says:

    When I used my free International Delight creamer coupon ($1.60), the cashier had to check with their Loss Prevention to make sure it was a legit coupon. When she returned she said they’ve been getting lots of fake internet coupons and she apologized for the delay. I thanked her for checking as this only not benefit the store but for the honest people as well.

    Thank you for posting this great info!!!

  4. Alisha says:

    My daughter recently started needing soy milk and so I checked ebay to see if there were any recent coupons that I could buy as a lot, and I saw a lot of $2 off any SoyMilk. The listing says there is no expiration date and that they were printed… does that not sound fraudulent? Should I call Silk to find out?

  5. teresa says:

    Will you post the list here? I can’t seem to get the document on CIC to open.

    Thanks.

  6. kristi says:

    my last visit to walmart i had just over $40 in coupons, most of them were printable…the cashier looked at each one (took a while) she took all but one…she told me if the computer wouldnt take the coupon, they were not able to force the amount on printable coupons. had no problem w/the free pint of creamer coupon =)

  7. Julie says:

    You can go to hotcouponworld.com and type “counterfeit” in the search box and you’ll see a post with the list of the coupons.

  8. D says:

    This is so sad! How could people do this? It ruins it for the rest of us! Pretty soon retailers will stop taking coupons because they don’t know if they are true or not!!!

  9. Lacey says:

    Is there anyway you can post the list of frad. coupons? I am not so good around Hot Coupon World & hate having to sign in. I rarely go to that site b/c it seems to cluttered. I would really appreciate it.

  10. Whitney says:

    A BOGO Nintendo Wii? That is laughable. Who would believe THAT? Our local Dollar General will not take printed coupons and they do not like to take the mailed coupons that look printed either.

  11. Mercedes says:

    Known Counterfeit Coupons:

    Brand ~ Value ~ Expiration Date ~ BarCode

    5 GUM 3 PK. ~ $2.75 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 22000 00086 1 0022000-040105

    AMP 4 PK. ~ FREE ~ 12/31/09 ~ 5 12000 43001 0 (8100) 0 56131

    AXE POMADE ~ $4.50 ~ 11/30/2010 ~ 5 79400 00096 0 0079400-067349

    BUDLIGHT ~ $6 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 18200 00072 5 0024100-035768

    BLACK & MILD 5 PK. ~ $3.50 ~ 8/31/2010 ~ 5 07137 00091 9 0070137-035792

    BLUE BUNNY 1.75 QT. ~ $3 ~ 12/31/10 ~ 5 70640 12087 6 0070640-100200

    BOAR’S HEAD 1 LB. PK. ~ $1.50 ~ 6/30/2010 ~ 5 24212 00078 3 (8100) 0 22579

    BURT’S BEES 0.15 OZ. TUBE ~ $1.75 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 92850 00081 6 0092850-590050

    BUTTERFINGER ANY PRODUCT ~ FREE ~ 12/31/09 ~ 5 28000 00001 6

    CALIFORNIA PIZZA ~ $3.25 ~ 7/15/2010 ~ 5 71921 30088 8 0071921-423400

    CAMPBELL SOUP AT HAND ~ $1 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 51000 00076 2 0051000-011132

    CAMEL ~ $4 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 12300 00093 7 0012300-058362

    CAMEL ~ FREE ~ 8/31/09 ~ 5 12300 00001 2

    CHEEZIT 13.7 OZ. OR LARGER ~ $2.75 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 24100 00086 4 0024100-014854

    COCOA-COLA 24 PK. ~ $5 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 49000 00074 5 0049000-746239

    COCOA-COLA 12 CAN FRIDGE PK. ~ $2 ~ 10/15/2010 ~ 5 49000 99282 8 (8100) 0 62270

    COORS 12 PK. ~ $7 ~ 10/31/2010 ~ 5 71900 00068 6 0071900-089362

    COTTENELLE 12 PK. ~ $6 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 36000 67072 6 0036000-092061

    DEL MONTE 14 ½ OZ. CAN ~ $0.79 ~ 6/30/2010 ~ 5 24000 00079 7 (8100) 0 96976

    DIGIORNO MICROWAVE PIZZA ~ $2 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 71921 00082 5 0071921-524862

    DORITOS ~ FREE ~ 1/31/09 ~ 5 28400 00001 2

    DOVE CHOCOLATE 9.5 OZ. BAG ~ $3.50 ~ 10/31/2010 ~ 5 40000 00091 9 0040000-019837

    DR. PEPPER 12 PK. ~ $4 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 78000 00093 6 0078000-830295

    DR. PEPPER 20 OZ. ~ $1 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 05490 00076 4 0005490-658943

    FULL THROTTLE ~ $6 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 49000 00072 1 0049000-235512

    GENERAL MILLS CEREAL ~ $3 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 16000 70087 6 (8100) 070947

    GILLETTE FUSION POWER RAZOR ~ $9 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 47400 00063 1 0047400-264386

    GILLETTE FUSION 4 PK. CARTRIDGES ~ $7 ~ 11/01/2010 ~ 5 47400 00068 6 0047400-092163

    GOLDFISH 6.6 OZ. BAG ~ $1.75 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 14100 00081 0 0014100-867530

    HEFTY CUPS ~ $3 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 13700 68087 3 (8101)0 23015 1210

    HEINEKEN 12 PK. ~ $7 ~ 9/30/2010 ~ 5 72890 00068 7 0072890-049372

    HOT POCKETS (1) BOX ~ $1.75 ~ 7/08/2010 ~ 5 43695 30081 4 0043695-067929

    JACK LINK’S BEEF JERKY 3.25 OZ. OR LARGER ~ $3 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 17082 00087 8 0017082-063495

    KRAFT MACARONI & CHEESE 5.5 OZ. ~ $1 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 10006 00076 3 (8100) 070315

    KRAFT SINGLES 24 SLICE PK. ~ $2.50 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 21000 00084 0 0021000-311244

    CANDY: HOT TAMALES, MIKE & IKE, ZOURS ~ $1.25 ~ 11/30/2010 ~ 5 70970 00077 0 (8101) 0708661110(21)82323241

    LUNCHABLES ~ FREE ~ 12/31/09 ~ 5 44700 00001 9

    MARLBORO ~ $4 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 28200 12193 1 0073945-946815

    MOIST & MEATY BURGER WITH CHEDDAR ~ $10 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 17800 00061 6 (8101)123451210(21)87654321

    MONSTER 4 PK. ~ $5 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 70847 00074 2 0070847-005012

    MONSTER 4 PK. ~ FREE ~ 11/30/09 ~ 5 70847 00001 8

    NEWPORT ~ $4 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 26100 00093 6 0026100-013370

    NINTENDO WII REMOTE ~ $10 ~ 10/15/2010 ~ 5 45496 00061 0 0045496-011682

    OCEAN SPRAY 64 OZ. ~ $2 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 31200 00082 3 0031200-204152

    OSCAR MAYER ( MEATS ) ~ $2.25 ~ 8/15/2010 ~ 5 44700 00083 5 0044700-428182

    PAMPERS ~ $7.50 ~ 7/08/2010 ~ 5 37000 48167 1 0037000-067929

    PAMPERS ( BRANDSAVER ) ~ $1 ~ 9/30/09 ~ 5 37000 48176 3 0037000-010886

    PEPSI – COLA ~ $5 ~ 11/30/10 ~ 5 12000 00074 9 (8100) 0 58306

    POLLY-O CHEESE STICKS 4 PK. ~ $4 ~ 9/08/2010~ 5 71040 00093 5 0071040-445896

    PRINGLES ~ BOGO ~ 2/01/2010 ~ 5 37000 00014 8 0037000-136308

    RED BULL 8 OZ. 4 PK. ~ $5 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 11269 00074 3 0011269-018853

    RED BULL (1) 4 PK. ~ FREE ~ 8/31/09 ~ 5 11269 00001 6

    REDDI-WIP ~ $1.75 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 70272 00081 2 0070272-136937

    REESE’S ~ FREE ~ 12/31/09 ~ 5 34000 00001 7

    ROBITUSSIN ~ $4 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 00031 00093 7 (8100)3 13996

    ROCKSTAR ENERGY 4 PK. ~ $6 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 18094 00072 6 0018094-981654

    SHAWWOW! TOWELS ~ $10 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 93993 00061 9 0093993-009001

    SILK 1/2 GAL. ~ $1.50 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 52593 00078 5 (8101)0025293(21)0112583

    SMART ONES ~ $1 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 25800 10076 2 0025800-029380

    SONICARE 2 PK. REPLACEMENT HEADS ~ $10 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 75020 00082 3 0012345-098765

    SKYN ( 1 BOX ) ~ $12.99 ~ 7/08/2010 ~ 5 70907 00001 9

    SWISHER SWEETS ~ $4 ~ 11/30/2010 ~ 5 25900 00093 1 0025900-628245

    TAMPAX 40 COUNT BOX ~ $4 ~ 12-31-2010 ~ 5 73010 00093 8 (8100) 0 98232(21)42543581

    TOSTITOS 13 OZ. + BAG ~ $2 ~ 6/31/2010 ~ 5 28400 00082 1 0028400-455128

    TROJAN BOX OF 12 + ~ $7.50 ~ 9/30/2010 ~ 5 22600 00067 4 0022600-096309

    TORPICANA 64 OZ. CARTON ~ $2 ~ 7/15/10 ~ 5 48500 00082 8 (8101)0 40854 0710

    V8 46 OZ. BOTTLE ~ $3 ~ 10/15/2010 ~ 5 51000 00087 8 0051000-041490

    WHEAT THINS (1) BOX ~ $1.85 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 44000 00011 5 0044000-409088

    WHITE CASTLE HAMBURGERS ~ $3 ~ 10/15/2010 ~ 5 82988 00087 1 0082988-021347

    WONDERBREAD ~ $1.50 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 45000 21078 8 0045000-035473

    BLUE BUNNY (1) FROZEN ITEM ~ $3 ~ 12/31/10 ~ 5 70640 20087 8 0070640-100150

    BLUE BUNNY (1) FROZEN YOGURT ~ $3 ~ 12/31/10 ~ 5 70640 14387 5 0070640-100172

    BLUE BUNNY (1) 6 PK. CHAMP CONE ~ $3 ~ 12/31/10 ~ 5 70640 14387 5 0070640-100171

    HASBRO (1) NERF-STRIKE ~ $5 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 65356 00073 4 0065356-075835

    MARLBORO ULTRA LIGHTS 100 ~ $5 ~ 2/13/2010 ~ 0 28200 00074 4 0028200-827364

    MOTRIN ANY PRODUCT ~ $5 ~ 2/28/2010 ~ 04380577

    NINTENTO WII ~ BOGO ~ 7/01/2010 ~ 5 45496 00014 6 0045496-434748

    SONY PLAYSTATION ~ $50 ~ 5/15/2010 ~ 5 11719 00000 2 0011719-021242

    TYSON’S DINO NUGGETS (1) BAG ~ $4 ~ 6/30/2010 ~ 5 23700 000939 (8100) 0 78534

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT EXPANSION PK. ~ $10 ~ 3/20/2010 ~ 5 20626 00061 6 020626-541184

    X-BOX 360 WIRELESS CONTROLLER ~ $10 ~ 12/31/2010 ~ 5 71921 00082 5 071921-524862

  12. Joy says:

    Wow! According to this link, the recent Dove deodorant coupon from December is fraudulent:

    http://www.cents-off.com/doc/Reward_Unilever_December14_2009.pdf

  13. carrie says:

    Weird that Dove q would be fraudulent. I printed that one from the Dove website. How could this be?

  14. carrie says:

    Weird that Dove coupon would be fraudulent. I printed that one from the Dove website. How could this be?

  15. hippychick says:

    If it sounds to good to be true then don’t go with it.

  16. Rachel says:

    OMG! I printed that q from Dove’s website too! I thought coupons from Dove’s website were legitimate?!! eek… I remember all of us running to target for the free or cheap dove visibly smooth! Someone please tell me I didn’t use a falsy coupon… please!

    • Mercedes says:

      I am only making assumptions here but I wondered if what happened with that coupon is that people made copies and used copies as well. That would cause over-redemption of a coupon and create a flag. I think at this point what Unilever/Dove is saying is don’t accept that coupon anymore.

      Mercedes

  17. carrie says:

    Surely if it was from their website it had to be legit… I printed that one at least 6 times from different computers. I don’t see how someone could post it on a company’s site if it was fake.

  18. kirsten says:

    Mercedes Here: I have removed these comments.

  19. kirsten says:

    also to the previous posters regarding common sense with respect to the counterfeit coupons- I would beg to differ on some of these. $1 off SmartOnes, $1.75 off Reddi-Whip, etc. I hardly think those are obvious or too good to be true.

  20. Betty says:

    @kirsten Opinionated much? It is not illegal or immoral to print a second set of coupons with access to a second computer. As long as its not a copy or a counterfeit the merchants and manufacturers have no reason to care who uses them or how many they use. Would it be wrong for a friend to print me a coupon they dont intend to use?? Its a lot less wrong than talking down to people the way you do. Couponing is supposed to be fun, don’t be buzz kill.

  21. carrie says:

    thanks for coming to my defense Betty. I don’t see anything wrong with printing from seperate computers. especially when 1/2 of what I buy is to give to those who need it…

  22. Amanda says:

    Carrie – I dont see anything wrong with printing from other computers either.

    My mom prints me coupons that she does not intend to use but knows that I will. If she doesnt need diapers and I do I dont see what is wrong with this. If she has 2 computers it is her right to print two sets of coupons from each.

    I have a laptop AND a desktop – Does that mean I am not allowed that many coupons…. because I did not see that in the small print anywhere…. Looks like we might be just making up our own gripes for the sake of it!!!!!

  23. kathleen says:

    Kristen,

    does that mean that when i pay for additional papers for more coupons that is fraud also?!?

    I am paying for the paper and ink and the cost of the additional printer, since I own two in my home. I totally understand why they limit prints per computer, but if it really was not legal to print from multiple coupons then wouldn’t it be addressed on the sights we are printing from? do you not think that these companies are not reading these types of websites to keep up with current trends and info? wouldn’t they have contacted these sights to say, “don’t tell people they can print from multiple coupons?” Target made sure to contact sights to make sure noone posts their ads ahead of time, so I am sure this would have been addressed several times if it were indeed ILLEGAL/violation as you tried to imply.

    But we all appreciate the kind way you addressed carrie. there is a reason why couth exists.

    • kathleen says:

      so flustered i typed coupon a few times i meant computer.

      and i was referring to newspapers in my first sentence, not computer paper.

  24. maggie says:

    Kirsten,

    Forget printing from multiple computers…. I am extremely offended at the “redneck” vs. “ghettofabulous” comment. The insinuations you made are sterotypical and ignorant.

  25. Lacey says:

    to Kirsten – All I have to say is, “Oh, my word!” Are you kidding me!!!! I own 3 computers. When I know I will need that many coupons for a deal, I certainly print them. Get over it!!! If that makes you mad, then you will be ticked to know that ladies in the church as well as family members print for me as well. Guess what! A ton of the stuff (MOST)I get goes to charity. They are legit coupons used the correct way. You really need to quit condemning others; especially since they are doing nothing wrong. And, if any are, that’s their business now your’s!

  26. Mercedes says:

    Hi Guys,

    I want to thank everyone that has commented on this post for trying to maintain a civil tone. However, I am going to go ahead and close the comments right now. In general I do not delete comments or close comment threads but I feel this one is starting to go south. We are all here to help each other save money. So let’s try to get back to that and to maintain the encouraging tone usually found on this blog.

    Thank you so much for reading my blog and I hope you will understand.

    Mercedes