New CIC Gold Hologram
A new gold hologram will soon be featured on many Free Product and High Value coupons. Participating manufacturers will place this security feature across the top of the coupon as pictured below.
Counterfeit Coupon Risks
- Individuals using or selling counterfeit coupons are subject to arrest and/or civil lawsuits.
- Individuals purchasing counterfeit coupons put themselves at risk by providing their names, addresses and financial information to the criminals.
- There is no legitimate method to obtain large numbers of Free Product or High Value coupons.
Consumers can protect themselves from coupon counterfeiters by following one simple rule: Never pay money for coupons.
What about the Silver CIC Holograms?
Legitimate coupons featuring the silver CIC hologram will remain in circulation during the transition period and will remain valid until their expiration dates unless otherwise withdrawn by the coupon issuing manufacturer.
The use of the CIC hologram is a Voluntary Best Practice intended to make coupons more difficult to counterfeit. While the CIC recommends its use, coupon issuing manufacturers are not required to participate in the program. The CIC, a not-for-profit organization, does not receive any revenue from this program.