Target offers you a fabulous coupon promising you 50 percent off your purchase? Of course not. That coupon is 100 percent false, but this has not prevented thousands of people have already shared on Facebook.
There are a couple of reasons to worry about fake coupons. First, the linked coupons you see in your timeline Facebook and Twitter are not coupons – even false. They are just pictures of bait, when you click on them, either (a) install malware on your device, (b) make spam on all pages of your friends with ads fake coupon, (c) you are asked to complete the least 352 surveys and 16 you register for services you do not want to finally get the coupon (which never receive), or (d) all of the above.
Your Facebook friend published, but does not take you to the site of the manufacturer
Second, if you really end up with a fake coupon at hand, and take it to a store if the store accepts as real, the store loses money. This does not make a big difference in your life (except for the sweet deal you just get through the blissful ignorance of the cashier), but if enough fake coupons are accepted as real, the store finally decide it makes more sense to stop accepting coupons completely. So, no more sweet deals or real or false to you.
If you’re not sure if the coupon on the wall of your friend is false, here are some signs that could help detect
It is on this list
Most coupons are about to see this holiday season and offers will come from a source that you have a lot of confidence: your Facebook friends. If you see a fabulous offer from Walmart on the wall of your friend, slide on the link and see where it takes you (you will be able to see the address or full in the bottom corner of your browser URL). Does it take a trusted site Walmart.com or another big name like Coupon Cabin or Coupons.com? Does it take you to a page of type cupones-gratis-walmart-de-verdad.biz?
If it’s anything like the last page, do you click. Forget this. Insurance is false.
It seems to be false
The center specializes in coupons known as Coupon Information Center maintains a comprehensive list of fake coupons Coupon Alerts on your page (in English, US only) If the coupon you are seeing on this list, it is definitely false – beam a quick search on Google to see if it appears in a list of alerts of fraud or any news.
Look at the coupon good. Has it been altered in any way? The most common disorders are on the percentage or the amount of money that involves the discount (eg a coupon with a discount of US $ 10 could be changed to one of US $ 40 discount) or the expiration date. Does the coupon looks like something real? Do you have a barcode? Is the expiration date included? Large stores like Walmart and Target have the means to make coupons that look very well, so if something you think looks suspicious, it is very likely true.
It’s too good to be true
Does it look that coupon too good to be true? At shops and manufacturers like to make money – and if you are launching a loquísima offer, the type of “too good to be true”, rest assured that you will work to earn it. (It is for this reason that people formed in long lines and endure the cold or rain to buy things during the happy Black Friday). If the coupon in question is a huge discount (as discounting more money than it is worth itself a product) or that gives you a product without having to make any purchase separately, it is almost certainly false.
This point is thorny, because buying coupons is not always something fraudulent. In fact, I occasionally buy coupons from companies like eBay, and many others sell or insert coupons to save money. It’s okay if you pay to buy coupons, but you need to verify that what you’re really buying are coupons. I tend to trust eBay sellers based on their qualifications and criticisms, as in my experience with coupons (for example, if I know that Victoria’s Secret is giving cupoens of US $ 10, buy a few for US $ 1 each. but I will avoid buying the coupon of $ 50 because as far as I know, that’s something that Victoria’s Secret does not offer right now).
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You have to pay for it
But when I say “pay for them,” I do not mean to buy physical coupons – I mean “pay” for a coupon if you fill out a survey (which ends up being 28 surveys), register to receive a product (unless you’re signing to be on the mailing list of the store, the coupon is false) or giving the number of your credit card for some reason. No legitimate company will ask you to register to receive an estimate of car insurance or club watches the month just to give you a coupon.
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