On Your Side: Watch out for online coupon scams

You can find some great coupon deals online … but the Better Business Bureau warns, not every coupon is what it appears to be!

There are scam coupons out there and here’s how it works:

You click a link for the offer. The website may look official, and it may use the logo of a familiar brand.
But then you are asked to enter your email address and telephone number, promising that your coupon will be sent to you, and the website does a bait and switch!

Scammers sell your information and you start getting spam e-mails and texts.

Here are other ways to know if you should hold off on the clipping that online coupon!
— be wary of all high value offers. a promo for a $500 gift card is nearly always fake.
— never pay for coupons.
— be wary of pop-up ad coupon offers that require you to click immediately to redeem the offer.

Clicking on the ad may automatically sign a consumer up for services they were not interested in receiving.

In some cases, the consumer may be billed every month for unwanted services.