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Target Rescinds Coupon Offer Because of Tampering

by Tara Kuczykowski on July 2, 2008 · 8 comments

Just a heads up for everyone! I actually had a friend email me one of the tampered coupons the other day; however, I received the original $5/$25 toy purchase, so I could tell right away it was not valid. I just used the valid coupon on a birthday gift last Friday, but apparently it will not be honored going forward. With all the great valid deals out there, it's really too bad that some shady people feel the need to create these fraudulent "deals."

Target Corp. said today that it will no longer accept coupon offers for $5
off the purchase of toys or general merchandise worth $25 or more because the
coupons have been fraudulently altered and transferred.

In February and March, 85,000 customers of the Minneapolis-based
retailer were e-mailed coupons for $5 off the purchase of toys worth $25 or
more.

The tampered coupon had an image and the word "toy" removed to make it
appear to apply to any purchase. The coupons state they are valid through Oct.
1, 2008.

Customers who got the original coupon will receive a $5 Target gift
card by mail.

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1 Anonymous July 3, 2008 at 10:34 pm

I blogged about this issue as well. I work for a company that manages and tracks gift cards, and I've been following the target coupon fraud on savvywallet.com. My concern is the cards being stolen out of mailboxes around the phoenix area. Now that people know that target recalled the 85,000 coupons, it's a red flag. Just be careful. Hopefully target came up with a way that is secure.

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2 Austin Chu July 3, 2008 at 10:34 pm

sorry, my name is Austin Chu

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3 Anonymous July 3, 2008 at 10:34 pm

I blogged about this issue as well. I work for a company that manages and tracks gift cards, and I've been following the target coupon fraud on savvywallet.com. My concern is the cards being stolen out of mailboxes around the phoenix area. Now that people know that target recalled the 85,000 coupons, it's a red flag. Just be careful. Hopefully target came up with a way that is secure.

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4 Austin Chu July 3, 2008 at 10:34 pm

sorry, my name is Austin Chu

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5 Donna August 16, 2009 at 6:14 am

Our Walmart in Lancaster, OH changes their policy on a daily basis has to who, what, when, where & how manay internet coupons they will take. They have even gotten to the point that the Store Manager does not come to the registers; it appears to be a head clerk or someone of that nature. The biggest thing the staff here say is the "Internet Coupons" say 1 per purchase; SO ALL THEY WILL LET YOU PURCHASE IS ONE ITEM PER DAY PER FAMILY, regardless of how many coupons, but yet they fail to watch the coupon that are cut out of the magazines & newspapers. We have a real mess here. Good Luck to all Shoppers/Savers
Donna

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6 Donna August 16, 2009 at 2:14 am

Our Walmart in Lancaster, OH changes their policy on a daily basis has to who, what, when, where & how manay internet coupons they will take. They have even gotten to the point that the Store Manager does not come to the registers; it appears to be a head clerk or someone of that nature. The biggest thing the staff here say is the "Internet Coupons" say 1 per purchase; SO ALL THEY WILL LET YOU PURCHASE IS ONE ITEM PER DAY PER FAMILY, regardless of how many coupons, but yet they fail to watch the coupon that are cut out of the magazines & newspapers. We have a real mess here. Good Luck to all Shoppers/Savers
Donna

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7 Tara Kuczykowski August 16, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Wow, you should call Walmart customer service, Donna. That's incorrect. The one per purchase terminology is meant to inform that only one coupon can be used per item purchased, and definitely does not mean that you can only use one coupon per day.

One per transaction means you can only use one per order. It would have to actually say one per customer per day to be limited in the manner that they are doing.

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8 Tara Kuczykowski August 16, 2009 at 10:30 am

Wow, you should call Walmart customer service, Donna. That's incorrect. The one per purchase terminology is meant to inform that only one coupon can be used per item purchased, and definitely does not mean that you can only use one coupon per day.

One per transaction means you can only use one per order. It would have to actually say one per customer per day to be limited in the manner that they are doing.

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