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Police Issue Warning About 'Unclaimed Rewards' Scam

by on June 04, 2014 1:45 PM

Patton Township Police are warning area residents to watch out for a new scam that comes in the form of a mailed post card.

At least two people have received post cards stating that they have "unclaimed rewards" -- usually from a big department store such as WalMart or Target.

The post cards state that you have to call a 1-855 phone number to cash in $100 worth of rewards.

But callers to that number are told they have to pay a $1 fee. Then they're pressured to hand over credit card information.

Police point out that con artists frequently target senior citizens and try to bamboozle them.

The FBI has important tips to help you avoid becoming a fraud victim:

  • Never give your credit card number over the telephone unless you make the call.
  • Never send money or give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
  • Don’t pay for a “free prize.” If a caller tells you the payment is for taxes, he or she is violating federal law.
  • Don’t buy from an unfamiliar company. Legitimate businesses understand that you want more information about their company and are happy to comply.
  • Always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won’t pressure you to make a snap decision.

For more tips on common fraud schemes visit the FBI's website.

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