To my American friends: Happy 4th of July.
To all my readers and friends: if it seems to good to be true, well it probably is.
Even if we are talking about product coupons, as illustrated by this story from North Carolina:
(ABERDEEN) ...police arrested an Ellerbe man and woman after they allegedly used counterfeit coupons to obtain items from Walmart.
Sandra Webb Yaklin, 54, and James Vernon Rainwater, 52...were arrested on June 18. Police charged each with one count of felony fraud-obtaining money or property by false pretense.
"They were buying a little bit of something and then using coupons for a free item," said Aberdeen Deputy Chief Carl Colasacco. Colasacco said an alert clerk at the store suspected something was "strange" about the coupons and called a manager. And then the police were called.
Aberdeen police confiscated more than 870 coupons and recovered numerous grocery items, including laundry detergent, bacon, chips and gatorade. The items were valued at more than $150.
The accused told police they bought the coupons online, Colasacco said.
"I have seen a lot of counterfeit money," Colasacco said, "But I have never seen somebody counterfeit coupons"...
Does this mean that some of the appealing offers I see on the wonderful "InterWeb" are scams?
Hmm, I better be more careful.
If you need me, I'll be inspecting the coupon drawer here at the house. No telling what we have in there.