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Arrests made in Target $570K coupon scam!

Posted September 30, 2011

Two men were arrested in NY for a coupon scam that resulted in $570,000 in stolen goods! Apparently they used invalid expired coupons and are suspected of running similar scams in multiple states. Hmmmm....wonder where they got their coupon etiquette training?! Click HERE for more details.


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  • Soleil Oct 1, 2011

    I think the cashiers had to be complicit in the scam. Otherwise they couldn't have gotten by with so much value to the stolen goods.

    I noticed that the names of the perpetrators are middle eastern. There is conjecture that coupon scams by terrorists helped pay for the first world trade center attack. Google it. You'll see.

  • askwiggy Sep 30, 2011

    Just peachy, unethical people like this and other unmannerly couponers really will cause stores to make if difficult for ethical couponers.

  • pss3 Sep 30, 2011

    So, if I am reading this article correctly...they were buying electronics or other high value items and using grocery coupons? For example, buy a $40 video game, then use x number of coupons and have them scanned x number of times to get a free product? That sounds like outright theft to me and the cashiers should be charged as well! There is no gray area for scanning a $1 off rice coupon x number of times to let someone get a free video game! I thought the barcodes had to match somewhat in order for a coupon to scan?? Maybe this is a Target only issue? Hope they updated their systems.

  • Nancy Sep 30, 2011

    FANTASTIC! About time they start cracking down on these scam artists!

    And when the new GS-1 barcodes are all that are on the coupons, that should help tremendously as those codes will carry all the information in the system and expired ones will beep and on the screen it will tell the cashier "expired" - cashiers won't have to read the coupons at all, the scanner will read all the data programmed into them :)

  • purplepat777 Sep 30, 2011

    When a coupon is scanned at Target, it will either be accepted or not accepted. The cashier has total override authority on what she/he accepts. If the coupon doesn't scan, the cashier is supposed to check it closely to make sure it's genuine, it's not expired, and it matches the item(s) purchased. They can get lazy and just hit the ACCEPT button without checking anything.

  • sewcountrycrafts Sep 30, 2011

    Oh WOW! Now that I finished reading the story I realize - this is a different scam!

  • marybethwright06 Sep 30, 2011

    They are going to have to dig a hole in the wall with a fork if they want room for a stockpile now!

  • purplepat777 Sep 30, 2011

    This is probably why Target made recent coupon policy changes. The cashiers at all Targets have been retrained.

  • sewcountrycrafts Sep 30, 2011

    I saw and heard about this months ago in the Beaver Creek Target. Four People were in front of us and were handing over $10 and $20. coupons to the cashier and then saying they didn't have their card, but did have their card numbers with them (written on a list!) The cashier didn't know how to do it manually, so she caalled a manager. He put it through, but remarked walking away after they left, "We just got scammed. I know it and it makes me so mad!" The cashier looked really shocked, as was I!

  • HappyGirl08 Sep 30, 2011

    Those cashiers were lucky all they got was fired and not included in the criminal action. Holy cow!