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Issue 106 - September 2010 - Page 12

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Olympic Tower 2016 - Rio Solar City Tower Design
  2. Canadian Refugee Pensions Protest Hoax
  3. Financial Ombudsman Services Scam Email
  4. Snake Inside Computer Photographs
  5. New Gifts For You Facebook Virus Warning
  6. Luxury Yacht With Supercar - Buy One Get One Free
  7. 'Dislike Button' Scam Targets Facebook Users
  8. Rachel Arlington Charity Hoax
  9. Multicoloured Roses - Happy Roses Photograph
  10. Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax
  11. Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
  12. Free Doritos Coupons Hoax
  13. Orphanage Trust Job Offer Scam
  14. Giant Headed Baby Money For Forwarding Hoax
  15. Parrot For Sale or Adoption Advance Fee Scams
  16. Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message
  17. Famous Violinist Joshua Bell Plays At Metro Station
  18. Furong Reservoir - Giant Man Eating Catfish Hoax
  19. 'Interesting Fact' About August 2010 - 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays
  20. Cindy Hogman (or Hogan) Prayer Request Email

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Free Doritos Coupons Hoax

Outline
Email forward claims that an attached file contains coupons that can be printed off and redeemed for Doritos products to the value of $5 per coupon.



Brief Analysis
The claims in the message are untrue and the attached coupons are fake. The coupons were not created, authorized or distributed by Frito-Lay, the makers of Doritos. Consumers who present the coupons will not receive free Doritos as claimed in the hoax message.

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Last updated: 12th August 2010
First published: 12th August 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Example
Subject: FREE DORITOS - UP TO $5 EACH TIME FOR ANY FLAVOR UNTIL DEC '10 - PASS IT ALONG TO FRIENDS

One coupon can be used for any flavor of Doritos per visit to the store and expire in Dec. 2010. Can be used to offset up to a $5.00 purchase each time.

You can bet my cupboard will be filled by December. Hope yours is too!

Not very often do we get a download like this one. Believe me, it's worth the download if you like coupons.

This is a great coupon if you (or do not) like Doritos!!! It truly is FREE!!! There are six coupons on each sheet - can print or forward as many as you like!! No gimmick!! It works on any flavor and since it's good for up to 5.00, it works on the family size bag as well! Coupons expire in Dec. 2010

Forward it on enjoy!

Bogus Doritos Coupons




Detailed Analysis
According to this widely circulated email forward, recipients can print off a sheet of coupons attached to the message and use them to receive free Doritos products. The message claims that each coupon can be used to get free Doritos up to the value of $5. The coupons arrive as a sheet of six included in an attached .pdf. Supposedly, recipients can print off and use as many coupons as they like as well as send on the coupons for use by others. The message claims that the coupons will be valid until December, 2010.

However, the claims in the message are untrue and the coupons are fakes. The coupons were not issued by Frito-Lay, the makers of Doritos. Frito-Lay has published the following information in the FAQ section of the company's website:
Q. Is this $5 Doritos Coupon valid?

A. No. A counterfeit coupon for a free bag of Doritos chips up to $5 is still circulating, primarily through e-mail. It was not created, authorized or distributed by Frito-Lay. We have notified retailer customers of this fraud and are working with authorities to identify the source of the fraudulent coupon. You should not knowingly use a counterfeit coupon. We sincerely apologize for the disappointment and confusion this has caused. Please watch for valid coupons and sales in stores, magazines, Sunday newspaper ads, and on our credible websites.
The website includes a graphic that illustrates the differences between this fake coupon and a genuine Doritos coupon.

Those who try to use the coupons will not receive free Doritos products as promised in this hoax email.

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Issue 106 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Olympic Tower 2016 - Rio Solar City Tower Design
  2. Canadian Refugee Pensions Protest Hoax
  3. Financial Ombudsman Services Scam Email
  4. Snake Inside Computer Photographs
  5. New Gifts For You Facebook Virus Warning
  6. Luxury Yacht With Supercar - Buy One Get One Free
  7. 'Dislike Button' Scam Targets Facebook Users
  8. Rachel Arlington Charity Hoax
  9. Multicoloured Roses - Happy Roses Photograph
  10. Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax
  11. Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
  12. Free Doritos Coupons Hoax
  13. Orphanage Trust Job Offer Scam
  14. Giant Headed Baby Money For Forwarding Hoax
  15. Parrot For Sale or Adoption Advance Fee Scams
  16. Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message
  17. Famous Violinist Joshua Bell Plays At Metro Station
  18. Furong Reservoir - Giant Man Eating Catfish Hoax
  19. 'Interesting Fact' About August 2010 - 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays
  20. Cindy Hogman (or Hogan) Prayer Request Email