SCAM ALERT OF THE WEEK: Coupon scams on the rise

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Published: Apr. 18, 2022 at 9:35 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - If you’re a thrifty shopper and like to save a dollar when possible (who doesn’t?), then you might be making yourself more susceptible to scams.

Whether it’s coupons through the mail or through your phone and other digital platforms, scammers are working their way into the world of coupons. With places like grocery stores and retail chains going more digital, it’s also opening the door for more scammers.

”Counterfeit coupons are a popular way for scammers to steal your identity and money,” BBB Public Relations Director Josh Planos said. “Motives and methods vary, but phone coupons usually mean serious losses. Typically a consumer will stumble upon a coupon on a website, on social media or through a web search, and it’ll offer a steep discount like 80% off.”

What makes coupon scams so effective, is how well the scammers are able to duplicate coupons and make them seem so authentic.

”It’ll be difficult to determine it’s a con because the scammer will have stolen the branding of a legitimate company, and typically you have to input your personal information or even credit card information to access the coupon, which of course is fake,” Planos said. “In some cases you have to fill out a survey.”

Fortunately, with a good eye and safe shopping techniques, there are ways to avoid falling victim to coupon scams.

Check the source of the coupon,” Planos instructed. “If the coupon doesn’t come from a recognized coupon distributor, manufacturer or a specific store, be on alert and report it. If you aren’t sure about a coupon, you can visit the company’s website directly to look for the coupon.on their official site.”

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