I don't usually do posts like this but it has come to my attention that many area cashiers at different stores are becoming very cautious about coupons. They are becoming so cautious that often a manger needs to be called to verify that the coupon is valid. This is mainly happening with internet coupons. A manager at a local Walgreens confirmed that they have received emails from their corporate office encouraging them to be on the look out for fraudulent coupons or in other words internet coupons that have been printed and then copied on a copy machine.
Walgreens and other stores are learning how to tell if an internet coupon is legitimate or not. Each coupon that is printed off the internet has the barcode that the cashier scans and then it has a seperate code found in the top right hand corner of the coupon. That code in the top right hand corner is different on every coupon printed. If the code is the same on 2 coupons then the managers know that the coupon has been copied.
When copied coupons are used it is very possible that the store is then not reimbursed for the coupon. It is important that we use coupons correctly so that we are not taking advantage of the companies that offer them or the stores we shop at.
I am not posting this suggesting that any of my readers copy coupons, however, I wanted to make you aware of what I have learned.