Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Scam Alert - Walmart And Target Card Scams

Free Gift Cards Not So Free
LABELLE, FL. -- Recently Hendry County residents have reported a postcard that states the recipient is eligible to receive $100 in gift savings only good at Wal-Mart or Target. These postcards are appearing in mailboxes around the county.

Sadly, this is the gift (card) that keeps on giving…right into the scammer’s pockets. Postcards are being dropped into the mailboxes of residents in Hendry County telling them they are trying to reach them with exciting news about an unclaimed reward. 

They ask the recipient to call them at a toll free number to claim their gift card. The sender lists a claim number at the bottom of the card. Once you call the number listed, you are urged to provide a “Visa or MasterCard number to cover a processing fee of $6.95 for activation and shipping to your mailing address”.

This is a new twist on a familiar scam involving gift cards that used e-mail and text messaging in the past. Now it appears scammers are specifically targeting seniors who may not be familiar with texting and email communication.

“Be suspicious of any contest or sweepstakes that asks for an upfront fee,” said Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden. “Legitimate sweepstakes companies will not ask you to pay handling fees, taxes or other charges.” Winning is free; a gift is something given willingly to someone without payment.

Wal-Mart and Target have no connection with reward and gift savings sweepstakes and do not partner with agencies that encourage consumers to spend money on “sponsor offers” in the belief that they will eventually receive a high value gift card. However, after fulfilling the “sponsor offers” the consumer may never even receive the gift card.
Protect yourself:
· Do not provide personal information to claim “prizes” or sign up for “free trial”.
· Never give your credit card number, social security number or bank account information to pay for fees, taxes, or shipping costs for anything that you may have ‘won’ or are getting for ‘free’. A true sweepstakes will not make a winner pay fees.
· Check your bank statements and credit cards on a regular basis for unauthorized charges
· Contact local law enforcement and report any suspicious activity

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:59 PM

    I'm getting calls from a Nabraska #308-210-9052 asking for $6.95 fee to get free Walmart or Target gift card. This is the same scam!

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  2. Anonymous12:08 PM

    I received the same card in Virginia yesterday, called, and they asked me for my DOB and credit card for $1.95. They claim to be "My Rewards in Tampa, FL, with telephone number 1-866-777-5140.! Who should I report this to? I told them if they are legitimate, they can mail me their promotional "club" offer to me, but I'm not giving them anything.

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  3. Anonymous1:48 PM

    I got just one call this morning about 10am. Didn't pick up. Called back. Same thing - 100 Walmart or Target gift card in exchange for 6.95 fee and full name, address, email, brief survey (4-5 questions). I asked how did I win or how do they get my number - the answer was 'I don't know, I'm in the processing dept, I guess someone put your number'. Didn't even say where:)) I don't live in SWFlorida since June.

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  4. Anonymous9:59 AM

    I just got a post card in the mail with a claim number and it said to call in bc I "won" a $100 gift card for Walmart or Target. So I called in just to see how good of a scam this was. He asked for my address and phone number and I asked him how I was on their mailing list. He said I must have shopped at one of the 2 stores in the past 6 months, which I sadly havent.Then they ask for a $4.95 "shipping" fee. Once I told him I had no bank account or credit cards he hung up. Haha.

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  5. Anonymous5:24 PM

    Totally just got one if those cards in the mail today and was wondering if it was a scam or not. I asked the caller if it was legit or a scam, he said it was a legitimate thing. Then he said there was a processing fee of $4.95....that's when I hung up the phone. I've never even been to Florida so I'm wondering where they got my address from.

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  6. 18445511727 is the # linked to my postcard scam....& I refuses to give info...but now am scared that they may have linked to my smart phone just thru my call..is this possible? Dayton TN

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