Marquand resident Daisy Roe was suspicious of the postcard she received in the mail. So much so that she wants others to be aware of the scam claiming the recipient has an “Unclaimed Reward.”
The card told Roe “we are holding a reward of $100 in gift savings good at Wal-Mart (sic) or Target in your name” and that she was to contact the number immediately using the claim number on the card.
When she called them, the gentleman on the other line told her she would only have to pay $6 for shipping and handling so the $100 card would be sent to her.
“I told them, ‘I’m not paying that just to have an envelope sent to me,’ and I hung up on them,” Roe said.
She then called the Fredericktown Walmart and they confirmed her suspicion. An employee at the store told her they do not support mailings like those and it is most likely a scam.
That was confirmed by the Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. Spokesperson Dianna Gee sent the following statement after being contacted regarding the postcard.
"It's unfortunate that people use the good name of reputable business for their own personal gain. From what you’re describing, it appears to be a marketing program and we do not participate in these types of promotions. We are in no way affiliated with this, and would discourage our customers from providing credit card or other personal information in exchange for an offer that sounds too good to be true,” she wrote.
When the number on the card was called by the Democrat News, the gentleman on the other end said he was with USA Benefits, a company he said was “marketing partners” with several large retailers, including Target.
Target spokesperson Jessica Deede confirmed the company is not affiliated with this program.
“We always encourage guests to contact Target to confirm or ask questions about promotions at 1-800-440-0680 or at Target.com/contactus,” she said.
For those who have been defrauded by such a scam, contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.ftc.gov or at 1-877-FTC-HELP, or the Consumer Fraud Division of the state Attorney General's office.