Watch Out For Gift Card Offer

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Wednesday May 15, 2013

Brenda Hahn knew better to continue a phone conversation when the operator on the other end started asking for credit card information.

It started when she got a post card in the mail at her west Wichita home Monday. It sounded good. The card started off with "Great News! You are eligible to receive $100.00 in gift savings good at Wal-Mart and Target!"

It required her to call a number. It turns out they wanted money for shipping and handling. When KAKE news called the number the operators wanted $6.95 for handling.

Hahn says when they asked for credit card information she said, "And I told them that this is a scam because you just want my credit card information."

Robbie Namee is a trade practice specialist with the Better Business Bureau. She says, "We warn consumers all the time to watch out for these cards and mailings that come that say you've won something."

Namee says, "You should not have to pay to receive a reward."

She says another warning sign is if an offer is unsolicited by you. "And if you don't remember registering for it or filling out paper work for it then you probably didn't initially sign up for it."

The Better Business Bureau warns what one might fall prey to in this type of offer.

"What they've done now is they've gotten your credit card information which they can debit with your information and charge more for your card which puts you out additional funds and opens you up to identity theft."

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