PromoCodeWatch: Inside a Blackhat Coupon Affiliate Site

Full disclosure: we're in litigation against PromoCodeWatch and their founders, Mark Mazza and Patrick Williams (full complaint here). They are former employees of ZipfWorks.

Our company alleges that these two individuals left our company, took with them confidential information with them about how we built, operated, and marketed our website to create what we call a "shell" clone of our website within 2 weeks of their departure from our company.

We call their website a "shell" copy of ours, because it only resembles our website on a superficial level, in that it mimics the site structure, page structure, and concept of our site.

A major portion of the difficulty and resource allocation involved in running an online coupon business lies in creating, editorializing and maintaining content. In our industry this means adding, editing, and updating tens of thousands of coupons and coupon codes every day.

In our case, we utilize crowdsourcing whereby nearly 200,000 community members edit and update our deals to ensure accuracy, and we employ a staff of 40 full-time team members to moderate and manage this community. In other cases, companies like RetailMeNot and Coupons.com employs hundreds of employees to maintain high editorial standards. Contrast this with Promocodewatch.com, which has just 3 employees.

The online coupons industry faces a problem in it is that it is relatively easy for any company to setup a site that visually resembles RetailMeNot.com, Coupons.com or our site, but then populate that site with fake coupons and coupon codes. Then, given the importance of search engines as a source of traffic for coupon sites (as this is how most people search for them), these "shell" site operators can invest in schemes to boost and manipulate their search engine rankings and derive profits, because the search engines have yet to develop a way determine that these shell sites don't actually have real coupons.

In fact, displaying a large number of fake coupon codes can actually have the effect of boosting a site's rankings on search engines like Google, because if visitors are clicking to view and trying out numerous coupon codes, in a search engine's eyes, this may indicate that there is something of interest on this site (a concept known as dwell time).

This is a challenging issue to address in the coupons industry, and is among the driving reasons why, for consumers, so many coupon codes online seem to be expired or simply don't work. Currently, there is no solution for this - Google and other search engines have not figured out a way to differentiate a good coupon site from a fake coupon site.

However, in this case, we can expose the inner workings of at least one such "shell" coupon site. We're familiar with the creators of PromoCodeWatch.com (they are our former employees) and we've obtained evidence of their intentions to create a fraudulent "blackhat" coupon site after leaving our company. They discussed this matter extensively with each other while employed with us on our internal chat systems, and during the course of our litigation, we've recovered these chats as evidence. The founders, Mark Mazza and Patrick Williams, discussed leaving ZipfWorks to "throw morals and Google's judging eye out the window" and setup their own "blackhat" version of our coupon website. 

We further conducted a detailed analysis of their website, promocodewatch.com, over an extended period of time and documented with hundreds of screenshots, how they posted primarily false and expired coupon codes and utilized sophisticated UI cloaking techniques to mislead their site visitors into thinking these were real coupons, verified by editors. In fact, 93% of the coupon codes we examined on Promocodewatch.com were invalid or expired. Contrast with a site like RetailMeNot, which in our latest study had only 24% of expired or invalid codes displayed, or our site at 22% expired / invalid.

Promocodewatch.com even displays promo codes for e-commerce stores that explicitly do not offer promo codes as a matter of store policy, such as 23andme (see screenshots). Not only did Promocodewatch.com display codes for these stores, they featured them prominently with their signature "verified" green checkmark label, and continuously changed their expiration dates each night with an automated script. These techniques appear to be an intentional effort by PromoCodeWatch to deceive their own users and search engines into thinking their website contained superior content than mainstream coupon websites like RetailMeNot (which correctly displayed no coupon codes for 23andme).

This article serves to document the details of how Mark Mazza and Patrick Williams operate their website PromoCodeWatch.com. You can read more details about our litigation and full set of chat records here and read a copy of our formal complaint filed in the state of California here.

Our original analysis was conducted in early 2017. Based on our updated analysis in 2018, we've captured evidence that PromoCodeWatch continues to display fake and invalid promo codes on a systematic basis.

Table of contents:

False expiration dates which are programmatically updated nightly to mislead users

One of the important pieces of information that a coupon site provides about each coupon they list is that coupon's expiration date. At Dealspotr we spend enormous effort getting these dates correct, so that shoppers will know how much time they have to use a particular coupon before it expires.

We tracked PromoCodeWatch in detail from December 2016 to February 2017, and we observed a highly unusual pattern on their website. Each night, PromoCodeWatch appeared to systematically update the expiration dates of a large percentage of its coupons across its entire site, with seemingly no regard to whether such dates were actually accurate. In particular, PromoCodeWatch auto-generates random expiration dates for coupons that are fake, invalid, or expired.

Here's just one example of what we observed as a general pattern across PromoCodeWatch's entire website, for IT Cosmetics:

PromoCodeWatch.com fake coupon code scheme, auto-generated expiration dates for IT Cosmetics

We tracked 31 store pages on PromoCodeWatch in detail over a two month period, and we observed this technique being used on 28 of them. Here's just one more example this time for Fabletics:

PromoCodeWatch.com fake coupon code scheme, auto-generated expiration dates for Fabletics

In over a hundred instances in our test alone, we observed PromoCodeWatch using this technique on its coupon codes, even on codes that were invalid and those that had obviously been expired for a long time. For example, PromoCodeWatch listed for Bass Pro Shops the code "HUNT2015" which had obviously expired in 2015. Over the three dates we checked that coupon code, PromoCodeWatch continued to display this code with a green "verified" label, and its date was altered three times, pushed back each time by a few days. This made the code appear to be valid, encouraging visitors to click on it, and ensured the coupon never appeared to expire. You can see screenshots further down this article.

This appears to be a proactive scheme intended to make what amounts to thousands of invalid coupon codes appear to be continuously valid.

Update on May 9, 2018: We've completed an updated analysis of the fake coupon codes displayed by PromoCodeWatch which shows that they are continuing to display fake and expired codes across their site. In our latest study, we observed them actually increasing the levels at which they display promo codes for brands that do not offer promo codes. See the updated study here.

Posting "verified" codes for retailers that do not offer promo codes

PromoCodeWatch's intent to mislead users became even more clear to us when we observed that they posted promo codes for 23andMe, a retailer that explicitly does not offer promo codes as a matter of store policy. We emailed 23andMe to reconfirm this fact, which they did:

Promocodewatch.com

Not only does PromoCodeWatch.com display 3 promo codes for 23andMe, they display them as "verified" at the top of their page, and they continuously alter the expiration dates of these promo codes so that they never expire.

Here's PromoCodeWatch's page for 23andMe taken on Jan 21, 2017:

Promocodewatch 23andme coupon codes

Here's the same page a few days later on Jan 29, 2017. All 3 fake codes are still there (re-ordered, but they are the same codes) - see how all the expiration dates have been altered:

PromoCodeWatch

And again a few days later on Feb 3, 2017, see how the expiration dates for these 3 fake codes have been altered once again:

This appears to us to be an explicit a practice designed to deceive shoppers into clicking on these codes and boosting PromoCodeWatch revenues.

Deceptive visual cues such as the green checkmark "verified" label

PromoCodeWatch.com also exploits consumers' familiarity with and trust in larger, more reputable coupon sites such as RetailMeNot. Not only does PromoCodeWatch emulate RetailMeNot's overall look and feel, the site copies RetailMeNot's well-known green "verified" checkmark. RetailMeNot posts this label next to any coupon that its staff has internally tested and verified. RetailMeNot invests heavily in actually verifying its codes, so this checkmark has meaning to many shoppers who have found working coupons on RetailMeNot.

PromoCodeWatch also utilizes this green checkmark, but they include it with all of their deals, even fake and obviously expired ones. These labels, when combined with PromoCodeWatch's auto-generated expiration dates, combine to create a compelling illusion of a trustworthy, established coupon site that currently hosts a million shoppers each month.

Continuing to post and promote non-working coupon codes

Like RetailMeNot, PromoCodeWatch also displays a percentage value indicating the success rate users are experiencing with that coupon. There are a few important differences, however:

In the above example, PromoCodeWatch left these two codes at the top of this page over a period of weeks, with very low success rates. They even altered the expiration dates every few days.

Posting coupon codes that are over one year old and advertising them as valid and current

We saw that PromoCodeWatch listed three promo codes for MyFonts.com: besotted, TWITTER, and THEOPIUM. MyFonts rarely offers discount codes, so we looked into this.

PromoCodeWatch

We checked with a representative to see if they recognized these codes; perhaps they were real codes that had recently expired. Here's what the MyFonts rep said:

PromoCodeWatch

Further evidence that PromoCodeWatch simply posts fake or extremely old promo codes and masks them as real, even going so far as to update their expiration dates each night.

How posting false coupon codes helps PromoCodeWatch rank better in search engines

Fake coupons designed to look real can also artificially boost PromoCodeWatch's ranking in search engines. This is because search engines like Google give higher rankings to pages with the following characteristics:

PromoCodeWatch, with its small staff, would struggle to keep its tens of thousands of store pages updated with real, working, tested coupon codes. So, rather than suffer the poor search engine rankings that would result from displaying empty ("thin") coupon pages (and resulting high bounce rate), PromoCodeWatch appears to be resorting to posting fake coupon codes, claiming that the codes have been “verified” and updating their fake expiration dates frequently to create the false impression that the codes are current and regularly verified.

Updating fake coupon codes with constantly altered expiration dates can improperly benefit a website in two ways. First, this can trick search engines into believing that their pages contain a high number of valid coupon codes that are constantly updated, since their expiration dates are specific and updated frequently. Second, these specific expiration dates (along with the green verified label) can trick users into thinking that these codes are real, and encourage more users to click on them. Since users frequently click on PromoCodeWatch's coupons and spend more time trying out their coupon codes (even if they are fake), search engines may reward them with higher search rankings.

At this time, Google does not have the ability to know whether coupon codes posted on websites are real or fake, so the strategy of posting fake codes and masking them as real is likely effective.

Internal chat records show the founders of PromoCodeWatch conspiring to leave ZipfWorks to create a "blackhat" version of our coupon website

To illustrate their intent, we're publishing a sampling of the conversations Mark and Patrick conducted on our company chat systems in which they discuss creating a fraudulent business together after leaving our company.

Patrick Williams and Mark Mazza

A couple weeks later, they discuss "throwing morals and Google's judging eye out the window" after their employment with us:

Patrick Williams and Mark Mazza

In chats, Mark Mazza has demonstrated his familiarity with the notion that continuing to display coupon codes after their expiration date can result in clicks (and revenues), even expressing sarcastic disdain towards our internal policy of actively removing such expired codes.

Mark P. Mazza

Beyond planning to launch a fraudulent website, we further allege that Mark Mazza and Patrick Williams stole confidential contact lists from our company to accelerate their online marketing efforts. We further allege that they proactively cloned a large percentage of the backlinks (a search engine marketing concept) of dealspotr.com with the knowledge that this would have the effect of redirecting traffic from our website to theirs. This allegation forms part of the basis of our monetary damages claims against PromoCodeCode, LLC.

PromoCodeWatch makes false claims on its "About" page to further mislead users

On their About Us page, PromoCodeWatch claims that their mission is "to provide the most accurate, up-to-date database of promo codes online." They claim to do this by "leveraging cutting edge technology which tracks promotions in real-time."

PromoCodeWatch false claims on its website

While this is a laudable mission statement, one might find irony in the fact that PromoCodeWatch is doing the exact opposite; they are utilizing their site technology to intentionally deceive shoppers into thinking that outdated and fake promo codes are valid and accurate.

We know from our own experience that keeping an accurate and up-to-date database of coupon codes for thousands of stores is a challenging and expensive endeavor. On Dealspotr, we utilize a sophisticated system involving crowdsourcing, gamification, and rewards, along with a community of nearly 200,000 deal posters, to accomplish this goal. Other companies like RetailMeNot have large internal staffs to keep their coupons updated.

PromoCodeWatch has just 3 employees. They do not provide any details into how their technology enables them to achieve their lofty goal of providing "the most accurate, up-to-date database of promo codes online." And, when hand-tested, 93% of the coupon codes they displayed did not work. They were old, expired, or even outright fake coupon codes.

Study methodology and key findings

Over a span of approximately six weeks, from December 2016 to February 2017, we monitored 31 pages on PromoCodeWatch. Each page was advertised by PromoCodeWatch as offering promotional codes for an individual US-based retailer.

How we selected the 31 stores for inclusion in our study:
How we tested the promo codes for each store:
Key findings:

Study data: summary of coupon codes displayed by PromoCodeWatch.com

Overall, we found only 9 of the 126 coupon codes we tested to provide valid discounts, which equates to a 7% success rate. 117 of the codes we tested returned an error from the merchant website, indicating they were expired or invalid.

PromoCodeWatch, Mark P. Mazza, Patrick M. Williams

Below are tables summarizing the high level results of the accuracy test across all 31 retailers. The complete backup data including screenshots is available in the last section of this article under "Detailed backup for entire coupon code test of PromoCodeWatch."

Edible ArrangementsData captured on 1/21/17
Coupon codes listed for ediblearrangements.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
SAVE1911Expired
CAWH8214Expired
rtmn12131Invalid
RTMN1231Expired
SURV2015Expired
HTAG0161Not applicable
MAPC1110Expired
SAVE9912Expired
EDBL2266Worked
UNIQLOData captured on 1/23/17
Coupon codes listed for uniqlo.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
Spring2016Invalid
42500Invalid
INES2016Invalid
KawsFebVwX2J33wInvalid
MERRY20Invalid
LUCKY8Invalid
TAKE15Invalid
Bass Pro ShopsData captured on 1/29/17
Coupon codes listed for bassproshops.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
HUNT2015Invalid
FALL2016Invalid
SPRING16Invalid
SHOP16Invalid
ARROWInvalid
FISH25Invalid
FLAT5Valid
Blue NileData captured on 1/29/17
Coupon codes listed for bluenile.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
VISAW2015Expired
ESSENTIAL2016Expired
AQ4KRKNKTInvalid
10EXTRA2016Expired
GEMROPE40Expired
SPECIAL20Valid
CNY75Expired
Lane BryantData captured on 1/29/17
Coupon codes listed for lanebryant.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
DECGIFTInvalid
DECGCInvalid
6THLANEInvalid
SV30LBInvalid
30OFFSVLBInvalid
050007035Invalid
30OFFCSLBInvalid
Tractor Supply CompanyData captured on 1/29/17
Coupon codes listed for tractorsupply.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
LC4WATOInvalid
Party CityData captured on 1/27/17
Coupon codes listed for partycity.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
TREATSHIPInvalid
PC4LT7ZInvalid
PCFRCZMInvalid
PCEBEB9Invalid
JOLLY2Invalid
PCLPFR2Invalid
SAVEMOREPCWorked
PCGPU6LInvalid
TJ MaxxData captured on 1/27/17
Coupon codes listed for tjmaxx.tj.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
ship89Expired
ship75Expired
MissguidedData captured on 1/27/17
Coupon codes listed for missguided.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
litafInvalid
20SPENDUSInvalid
heycoatsInvalid
vote30Invalid
trend40Invalid
hurry20Invalid
summer25Invalid
GIRLDCODE30Invalid
PARTY50Invalid
save12Invalid
steal3Invalid
FableticsData captured on 1/27/17
Coupon codes listed for fabletics.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
47468514Invalid
64455928Invalid
119446474Invalid
fkj92aInvalid
JusticeData captured on 1/21/17
Coupon codes listed for justice.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
222144277Invalid
67566612Invalid
DoorDashData captured on 12/27/16
Coupon codes listed for doordash.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
PA18Invalid
KURAHValid
INbhTaInvalid
Gg9VDrInvalid
HH7eG2Invalid
2QoTawInvalid
5gLP7CInvalid
roLOo6Invalid
CHI497Not applicable
retailddValid
TatchaData captured on 1/21/17
Coupon codes listed for tatcha.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
IPSY15Invalid
FIRM2016Invalid
MASKFOURInvalid
23andMeData captured on 1/21/17
Coupon codes listed for 23andme.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
99onlyStore does not offer promo codes
EPFXY8Store does not offer promo codes
GFPCX9Store does not offer promo codes
IT CosmeticsData captured on 12/27/16
Coupon codes listed for itcosmetics.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
INSIDEInvalid
FSSRM15Valid
FRIENDS2015Invalid
DISCOVERInvalid
INSIDERInvalid
PRETTY50Invalid
VALENTINEInvalid
HollarData captured on 12/27/16
Coupon codes listed for hollar.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
JOLLYExpired
d7afcaInvalid
c6f574Invalid
SNOWBALLExpired
Tilly'sData captured on 12/27/16
Coupon codes listed for tillys.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
fs16Expired
CA4815162342Expired
SLEIGH20Expired
CA1678934I2641013Expired
226379794109567526Expired
226379794501460670Expired
far200033Invalid
MOBILE20Expired
order20Expired
SHIP16Expired
Qatar AirwaysData captured on 1/27/17
Coupon codes listed for qatarairways.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
SUPER1Expired
QRHKSTUNot applicable
WINUPGRADEExpired
Albee BabyData captured on 1/27/17
Coupon codes listed for albeebaby.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
15OFFNot applicable
LABORInvalid
DADInvalid
Forever 21Data captured on 1/27/17
Coupon codes listed for forever21.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
SPRING30Not applicable
DENIMDAYSNot applicable
AbeBooksData captured on 2/2/17
Coupon codes listed for abebooks.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
A79EU9GROUPONExpired
AdoramaData captured on 2/2/17
Coupon codes listed for adorama.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
12SAVINGSExpired
1LENSSAVINGExpired
120MOREOFFExpired
NGUITAR31Expired
Audible.comData captured on 2/2/17
Coupon codes listed for audible.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
kaylin69Invalid
J5UCMK6NN2JQMInvalid
Listen5Invalid
Big LotsData captured on 2/2/17
Coupon codes listed for biglots.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
WELCOMEExpired
FandangoData captured on 2/2/17
Coupon codes listed for fandango.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
2SEPTMOVIEInvalid
Harley DavidsonData captured on 2/2/17
Coupon codes listed for harleydavidson.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
10297Invalid
ModellsData captured on 2/2/17
Coupon codes listed for modells.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
SHPNOWInvalid
MDLW105Valid
HOHOHO16Invalid
HolidaysInvalid
MyFontsData captured on 2/2/17
Coupon codes listed for myfonts.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
besottedInvalid
TWITTERInvalid
THEOPIUMInvalid
Nyx CosmeticsData captured on 2/2/17
Coupon codes listed for nyxcosmetics.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
9NYXInvalid
4NYXInvalid
Tackle DirectData captured on 2/2/17
Coupon codes listed for tackledirect.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
FINISH17Invalid
TempurpedicData captured on 2/2/17
Coupon codes listed for tempurpedic.com on PromoCodeWatchResult
wf9128Invalid

Screenshots documenting programmatically updated false expiration dates on PromoCodeWatch.com

During December 2016 through February 2017, we observed a phenomenon on PromoCodeWatch.com in which expiration dates for invalid and already expired coupon codes were adjusted en masse across the site on a daily basis. We observed this across 28 of the 31 merchants we examined.

IT Cosmetics: false codes with auto-generated expiration dates

Below is a screenshot of PromoCodeWatch's page for IT Cosmetics taken on Dec 27, 2016. On this day, they display code INSIDE as verified with an expiration date of Jan 26, 2017. When tested on this day, the code did not work.

IT Cosmetics page on PromoCodeWatch.com on 12/27/16 Below is a screenshot of PromoCodeWatch's page for IT Cosmetics taken on Jan 27, 2017 (one month later). On this day, they continue to display code INSIDE as verified, but now with an expiration date changed to Feb 26, 2017. When tested on this day, the code still did not work.

IT Cosmetics page on PromoCodeWatch.com on 1/27/17 Below is a screenshot of PromoCodeWatch's page for IT Cosmetics taken on Jan 31, 2017. The code INSIDE is still displayed as verified, and the expiration date has again been adjusted to Mar 2, 2017.

IT Cosmetics page on PromoCodeWatch.com on 1/31/17

Forever 21: false codes with auto-generated expiration dates

On Jan 21, 2017, we took this screenshot of PromoCodeWatch's page for Forever 21. When we tested the displayed codes, SPRING30 and DENIMDAYS, both of these codes were invalid. They were both listed as "verified" and with expiration dates of Feb 26, 2017.

Here is the same page on PromoCodeWatch.com, one week later, on Jan 29, 2017. They continue to display the same invalid codes SPRING30 and DENIMDAYS, but this time the expiration dates for both were changed to Mar 1, 2017.

We checked this page again a couple days later, on Jan 31, 2017. On this day, again the same two invalid codes SPRING30 and DENIMDAYS were displayed, and again their expiration dates were pushed back, this time to Mar 2, 2017.

Checked again on Feb 3, 2017 PromoCodeWatch continued to display the same invalid codes for Forever 21, and again they had systematically pushed back the expiration dates for all codes to Mar 5, 2017.

UNIQLO: false codes with auto-generated expiration dates

On Jan 23, 2017, we took this screenshot of PromoCodeWatch.com's page for UNIQLO coupon codes. On this date, they displayed codes Spring2016, 42500, INES2016, and KawsFebVwX2J33w as "verified" and with expiration dates of Feb 23, 2017. When tested, all four of these codes were invalid.

On Jan 29, 2017, we checked this page again. Again, the codes Spring2016, 42500, INES2016, and KawsFebVwX2J33w were listed as "verified" but this time, their expiration dates were pushed back to Mar 1, 2017. Again, they did not work when tested.

On Jan 31, 2017, this same page continued to list the same four promo codes for UNIQLO. Again, they did not work, and this time their expiration dates were pushed back by an additional day, to Mar 2, 2017.

On Feb 3, 2017 PromoCodeWatch continued to display these four invalid codes as "verified" and again they had altered their expiration dates, this time to Mar 5, 2017.

Missguided: false codes with auto-generated expiration dates

On Jan 21, 2017, we tested PromoCodeWatch.com's page for Missguided coupon codes. On this date, they showed the codes litaf, 20SPENDUS, heycoats, vote30, trend40; all five of these codes did not work. On this day, PromoCodeWatch listed all five codes with an expiration date of Feb 26, 2017.

We tested this page again on Jan 29, 2017. PromoCodeWatch continued to display the codes litaf, 20SPENDUS, heycoats, vote30, trend40; these codes continue to return errors, however their expiration dates were all simultaneously updated to Mar 1, 2017.

When checked a couple days later on Jan 31, 2017, PromoCodeWatch's page for Missguided promo codes continued to display the same five non-working codes, and again their expiration dates were simultaneously updated to Mar 2, 2017.

For good measure, we checked this page a fourth time on Feb 3, 2017 and again we saw the same five invalid codes continued to be featured at the top of the page, with green verified marks, and again with new expiration dates of Mar 5, 2017.

Justice: false codes with auto-generated expiration dates

We tested PromoCodeWatch's page for Justice.com promo codes on Jan 21, 2017. On this day, they showed the codes 222144277 and 67566612. Both of these codes did not work when tested. Both codes were displayed as "verified" and with expiration dates of Feb 20, 2017.

A few days later, on Jan 27, 2017, we tested the same page, and found the same two codes 222144277 and 67566612. However, on this date, their expiration dates were changed to Feb 26, 2017.

On Jan 31, 2017, we found the same two codes continuing to show on PromoCodeWatch as "verified." However, again their expiration dates were changed to Mar 1, 2017.

23andMe: false codes with auto-generated expiration dates

On Jan 21, 2017, we tested PromoCodeWatch's page for 23andMe coupons. On this day, they showed the coupon codes 99only, EPFXY8, and GFPCX9. During our test, we were unable to find a coupon code input field on the 23andMe website, so we checked with a company representative from 23andMe, and we confirmed that 23andMe does not offer promotional codes at all. So these codes are in fact fake codes. On this day, these false codes were listed with expiration dates of Feb 20, 2017.

On Jan 29, 2017, we checked this page again, and again, we found the false codes 99only, EPFXY8, and GFPCX9 continued to be displayed as "verified" codes by PromoCodeWatch.com. This time, their expiration dates were adjusted to Mar 1, 2017.

On Feb 3, 2017, PromoCodeWatch continue to display these 3 fake coupon codes, and again had pushed back their expiration dates, this time to Mar 5, 2017.

Albee Baby: false codes with auto-generated expiration dates

On Jan 21, 2017, we took this screenshot of PromoCodeWatch's page for Albee Baby coupons. They showed the promo codes 15OFF, LABOR, and DAD.