8 on Your Side: Be Wary of Online Coupons

LAS VEGAS - Many people love coupons, but not all coupons deliver savings. As 8 on Your Side discovered, some deliver nothing but trouble.

Online coupons are an easy way to save money. Unfortunately, it's also an easy way to give your name and contact information to scammers. Some online coupons promise savings, but deliver spam.

There are, however, steps you can take to protect yourself. First, never give out your personal information for a coupon. If it's a legitimate coupon, the supplier doesn't need your name, phone number or address.

Second, legitimate deals are often modest ones - 10 to 15 percent off for example. If they promise more, such as 75 percent off, be leery.

Finally, if you have to fill out a survey or buy something to receive the coupon, that's a huge red flag. Chances are you will spend money or waste time and get nothing in return.

Looks can be deceiving. Just because a coupon website looks legitimate with official logos, doesn't mean it is. They are easy to recreate. Scammers can get a lot of money just by selling your personal information.

If you have a consumer question or complaint, you can contact 8 on Your Side at 702-650-1907 or e-mail us.


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