Do NOT confront the individuals involved in the scam.
Keep all your records, including the envelopes of anything associated with the scam that was mailed to you.
Contact the Coupon Information Corporation
Communications will be kept confidential.
Contact one of the law enforcement agencies listed below:
Federal Trade Commission: http://www.ftc.gov
Federal Bureau of Investigation: http://www.fbi.gov
Internal Revenue Service: http://www.irs.ustreas.gov
U.S. Postal Service: US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
What can I do to protect myself from coupon scams?
- If you are considering becoming involved in a coupon related business opportunity, the CIC urges you to take a few common sense steps to protect yourself.
- Do your research. Find out as much as you can about the company and the individuals involved in the “Business Opportunity.”
- Ask if the company has a written refund policy.
- Call the local Better Business Bureau; Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Trade Commission.
- Find out what the total cost is. What exactly will you get for your money?
- Get everything in writing.
- Reconsider participating if anything appears “fishy” or if any of the signs of a coupon scam are evident. If in doubt, check with either a law enforcement official or a manufacturer.
Don’t forget, never pay for coupons!