How to Identify Fraudulent Coupons



Fraudulent coupon

With the fraudulent coupons entering the market, people are increasingly facing the question how to save themselves from becoming a victim of these fraudulent coupons. To help save you from these fraudulent coupons, this blog will take a look into a few factors that will help you distinguish a real coupon from a fake one.

Let’s take a look at these factors one by one.

  • UPC

Take a look at the UPC which typically consists of a bar code along with a number and is typically placed at the bottom of each coupon. It is important to note here that this bar code consists of twelve numbers that stand for different things.  So what do these numbers represent? It is something that is important to know if you want to stay away from the fraudulent coupons and while the first digit is the representation of the actual coupon the next five numbers that follow help in the identification of the manufacturer.
The next three digits on the code are representative of the family code that is assigned by the manufacturer to the product while the two digits following go on to represent the value of the coupon and the last digit, also known as the check digit, guides the cashier on the validation of the coupon.
If you want to make sure that the coupon has not been smudged or tempered, look carefully for any signs in the barcode. Look at the description on the coupon front and by the rule if the bar code numbers that are indicative of the coupon value are 20 then the coupon should offer you 20% off on the product.

  • Accessibility

Judging accessibility will also help you stay clear of the fraudulent coupons as the legitimate coupons mostly require subscription and registration to access the coupons. Therefore, consider this important factor before downloading the coupon.

  • Expiry Date

This is another important factor to consider as a legitimate coupon will include an expiry date therefore, make sure you look into it.

  • Realistic

Yes! As simple as it may sound but this is correct i.e. the legitimate coupons would typically offer realistic deals. If it sounds too good to be true then the coupon might be a fake one.

  • Up-Front Fees

A genuine coupon would never require you to pay an amount of money as you receive the coupon. Therefore, if a coupon requires you to pay a sum of amount as you receive it you can be sure that it is fake.

  • Print

It is prudent to take a look at the coupon print as the fake coupons are likely to be poorly printed and that too on cheap paper.

  • One-Sided Print

Make sure that it is printed on both sides as a one sided print is more likely to be fake one.

  • Expiry Date

Coupons that have an expiry date of more than 30 days are more likely to be the fraudulent ones.
These are a few features that can help you distinguish a real coupon from a fake one. Therefore, the next time you look for coupons make sure you pay due attention to all these coupon features.