BBB Says Gift Card Scam Is On the Rise Again

By KOLR10 News

Published 02/14 2014 01:32PM

Updated 02/14 2014 01:33PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a new scam involving a card for an unclaimed gift certificate to Wal-Mart or Target.

According to a news release, the realistic-looking cards are being sent through the mail and claim the resident has received a gift certificate of between $25-100.

The mailed certificate does not have a return address, but directs victims to call 855-235-1264 or 877-813-1264 to claim the prize.

When the victims do call, a representative says it will cost $1 to mail the gift certificate out and will not accept any other payment but credit cards.

The scammers refuse to give any information like a company name, location or contact information.

According to the BBB, Target and Wal-Mart say the cards are not being mailed out through them.

If you have received this mail piece, you may wish to report it to the Federal Trade Commission out of Washington, D.C. (877-382-4357). You can also take it to any local post office and turn it in as a fraudulent piece of mail.

Although this scam is not new, it seems to be on the rise again.

When dealing with a possible scam, remember:

• Don’t give personal information over the phone, through the mail or on the Internet unless you have initiated the contact and are sure of the recipient.
• Check the facts before making any decisions.
• If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
• Call the BBB to verify if you are unsure.

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