WRAL SmartShopper

WRAL SmartShopper

When a coupon looks too good to be true....

Posted March 28, 2016

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When a coupon looks too good to be true - RUN!

This is what happens when couponers use fraudulent coupons and try to get overage at Walmart.

A mother-daughter team has been charged with using counterfeit printable coupons at a Walmart in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Apparently they tried to use printable coupons for $5 off any Purina Beneful pet food and coupons for $10 off any NUK baby product on products that would have cost much less than the coupon. The Walmart coupon policy states that it will give overage for coupons that are worth more than the product cost. According to an article from, the coupons appeared to have been altered and the Coupon Information Corporation had already put out a fraud warning on the Nuk coupon.

Not only were the coupons not meant to be used on small packages of these products, but all the unique ID numbers on the dog food coupons were the same. This indicates that the coupons had been photocopied, another fraudulent use of coupons.

There was actually a police officer in the Bellevue Walmart when the women were trying to use the coupons. They were charged with misdemeanor theft by deception and will be in court next month to answer to the charges.

According to the article, the pair may have been using fraudulent coupons in multiple towns in the area. It remains to be seen if they will be charged in any of the other instances.

So here's another reminder to beware of coupons that seem to good to be true. They probably are.


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