I know that if you are following Consumerqueen.com you most likely do NOT commit coupon fraud; however, sometimes people are taken advantage of by unscrupulous people when they attempt to obtain cpns utilizing coupon-clipping services, e-bay or other online venues. The Coupon Information Center (lovingly referred to by me ~Princess Karen~ as “the Coupon Police) has recently announced the arrest of THREE people for selling counterfeit coupons via the internet. This is just another example evidencing the fact that it is NOT a good idea to buy cpns off the internet since you can never tell if the cpns will be real or counterfeit.
If you purchase cpns on the internet and they are counterfeit YOU could be liable if the store decides to press charges. Using counterfeit cpns in a grocery store is considered theft by deception and depending on the amount of products you obtain utilizing counterfeit cpns you could be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor. Personally I do not think ANYTHING I can get free from a store would be worth jail time and being away from my children.
If your are in doubt about any cpns you may have in your possession right now be sure to check the Counterfeit coupon list at the Coupon Information Center website.