After doing more research today I came across information regarding another set of fraudulent coupons that were used on last nights “Extreme Couponing” Season 3 premiere. You can read more at jillcataldo.com and you can also view stills from the show.
Apparently Cole Ledford used several coupons which allowed him to steal Hefty garbage bags. You can see the proof that this coupon is fraudulent HERE and here is a picture of that coupon.
It’s terrible that TLC condones fraud and the unfortunate fact is that stores will have to recoup the loss at the expense of the rest of us. People that use fraudulent coupons make it more difficult for legitimate coupon users to have a good experience and they drive up the cost of all products when they steal from stores.
Angelique Campbell, who used the fraudulent Quilted Northern coupons, blogged about her Extreme Couponing experience stating “I also for the first time did have to order some coupons from a clipping service (which is something I do not normally do and try to prevent).” I found a very interesting comment on her blog, which she answered.
From Charolette: How did you get all those packs of Quilted Northern? I know there is a Free Product Coupon that is being sold online that the manufacturer, Georgia Pacific, has said is fraudulent.
Response: I did purchase them in the rush of getting ready for the haul. I have had a very rough pregnancy and was not stocked on my coupons as normal…and did not have much energy to go searching for them…in desperation I did purchase them…I never purchase coupons…this was a new thing for me. Since then I have been in contact with the CIC to find out if the coupons were counterfeit they have not confirmed that they are…however I am praying that if they were…we can catch whoever the distributors are! I never intended on using fraudulent coupons and am disgusted at the possibility that they may have been. I cannot further address this issue publicly as per the request of the CIC.
I would see no possible reason for CIC to tell Angelique she cannot comment on the matter any further; it seems TLC is most likely trying to do damage control OR cover their own rear. The CIC WANTS people to know there are counterfeit coupons out there, they have a vested interest in STOPPING coupon fraud. TLC on the other hand has plenty to gain by telling Angelique to keep her trap shut….