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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 9:08 am | Updated: 11:30 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

SITKA, Alaska - Sitka police say counterfeit coupons that residents are buying online have been ripping off customers and local businesses.

Lt. Barry Allen tells the Sitka Sentinel ( that the source of the coupons is unknown but some have been purchased on eBay and other sites.

Allen says it's difficult to spot counterfeits. Their bar codes duplicate legitimate coupons and a retailer can't simply omit the codes from computer register systems.

Some Sitka residents have paid $80 to $100 for a $200 booklet of coupons. Sitka businesses honoring the coupons may have lost thousands of dollars.

Most counterfeit coupons are for well-known brand names such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Doritos, Huggies diapers or Listerine mouth wash.

Allen says if people have to pay for coupons, they're almost certainly counterfeit.

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