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Here at KCL, we have high ethical couponing standards and strive to avoid fraudulent coupons at all costs. Therefore, we feel it’s important not to buy or accept “free product” coupons from outside sources.

While on a third-party website, namely auction sites, one can be allured by coupons for free products up for bidding. Don’t let this deceive you: 99 percent of these are fraudulent, just like counterfeit money. And using fraudulent coupons can land you with fines or even imprisonment. If you have some of these “free product” coupons that you obtained and haven’t used, make sure you throw them out.

The only exceptions to getting “free product” coupons are if you receive them directly from the manufacturer or if they were officially distributed via the Sunday newspaper inserts. An example of the latter is the recent Free Duncan Hines Flavor Creations packet from SS 3/17. To verify newspaper insert coupons, check out the KCL Newspaper Database.

Krazy Couponers should always be on guard regarding fraudulent coupons. Red flags that indicate a coupon may be counterfeit are an unusually high value, no expiration date, or an expiration date more than one year away. You can also keep up to date on the list of many fraudulent coupons on the Coupon Information Corporation website.

And be sure to check out our KCL video cover report of a major counterfeit coupon ring busted in Arizona and how you can protect yourself from fraudulent coupons!