Another Financial Scam: This One Involves Walmart

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Another financial scam is making the rounds. This one involves Walmart. And it’s happening just in time for the holidays. Here’s the con: Some no-good thieves are calling people on the phone and saying: “You’ve won a $200 Walmart gift card!” To collect your gift card, they say, you just have to pay $1 for shipping and handling, and the gift card will be sent to you. Needless to say, this is totally bogus. Anytime a stranger calls you on the phone claiming you’ve “won” something, and then asks for your credit card – or any personal information – red flags should start going off in your head and you should literally be able to hear sirens and alarm bell whistles. The old “give me your credit card number” scheme is classic con artistry at its best — or should I say worst? This is just another form of identity theft.

Thanks to Dan, from South Carolina, a subscriber to my free newsletter (http://www.TheMoneyCoach.net) for alerting me about this scam occurring a lot down in Columbia, SC. He says the scam has been so prevalent there that it was recently reported on WIS-TV in Columbia. I know times are tight and a lot of people are broke. So the idea of “winning” a gift card from Walmart (one of my favorite places to shop!) is definitely appealing. But let’s remember the old adage: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

I predict that this scam will increase in popularity as we progress into the holiday season. It can (and will) likely involve any popular retailer that has gift cards – Target, Macy’s, Sears, The Gap, Home Depot, etc. One final word: I couldn’t find a reference to the story from WIS-TV. (I’ve asked Dan to forward me a link or more info). But I did find a lot of complaints about this scam on 800Notes.com. Here’s a link for more details. http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-877-469-7415

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6 responses to “Another Financial Scam: This One Involves Walmart

  1. Pingback: Walmart Gift Card Scam: This one is for real. « Fraud Prevention Unit

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  3. I just minutes ago received the “WalMart phone call”! The person on the other end said I had been chosen as one of ten people to receive a $500 gift card redeemable in gas, or a $700 shopping card, as a customer appreciation for being a WalMart customer! She gave me a confirmation number and her ID#, as well as her name! When she said the voucher pkg would be delivered by UPS, she also said, my only cost was $1.95 for shipping as handling. To which I responded, “if you think I’m about to give you my financial info, you are wrong”, to which she responded, “have a blest day” and hung up!

  4. Yes, it happens! Not half an hour ago, I got a phone call from an “unavailable” number. I picked up, not thinking, and the man went on to say, “I am calling in behalf of Walmart. You have been chosen out of 500 people in the U.S. to recieve a $500 gift card. We’re giving back a little to our costumers for the holidays”. I was so excited, being that I never win anything like that, lol. I listened for the next 10 minutes for him to say that I can spend it on gifts, groceries, etc. He gave me my package ID # to give to the ups man. Then it hit, he needed ANY type of credit/debit card number and that I would ONLY have to pay a measly $3.95 for shipping. I knew it was fake right away and told him that I don’t own any cards, but thanks anyway. The scary thing was is that he knew my mailing address. He told me to try my hardest to get any credit card from a family member or friend and that he would call me back in half an hour. No call yet, and I have a feeling there won’t be any call back. So, it’s happening! People are desperate, it’s the holidays, etc. Don’t let it happen to you. Happy holidays : )

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