Postcard in Mail Promises Free Gift Rebates, Delivers a Scam

Postcard in Mail Promises Free Gift Rebates, Delivers a Scam
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April 29, 2015

Consumers from across the state of North Carolina and beyond have recently reported getting postcards in the mail that say they've been selected to receive $100.00 in complimentary gift rebates good at popular stores like Walmart, Best Buy and Target.

In reality, this is nothing more than an elaborate scam intended to trick unsuspecting consumers.

The convincing postcards instruct recipients to call a toll-free number to learn how to claim their reward. If you call the toll-free number, you'll be asked to provide your credit card number, supposedly to cover shipping or processing fees that typically claim to be $6.95 or less.

Unfortunately, once you've shared your credit card number, there's little to stop the scam artists behind the postcards from racking up more, unauthorized charges on your account.

Consumers who have fallen for this scam report being charged up to $100 at once, or finding numerous smaller charges that appear on their credit card bill each month.

Other recent scams similar to this have used emails and text messages promising a free gift card to entice you to give up sensitive personal and financial information. DON'T FALL FOR IT!

If you get one of these postcards, emails or text messages, don't respond. If you've responded already, contact your credit card company immediately to alert them of potential fraudulent activity on your account.

You can also report the scam to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.