Scam Targets Wal-Mart "Valued Customers" (Betty Sexton)

A crook will make up just about any story to be able to steal your credit card number... like impersonating a Wal-Mart worker.

  I heard about this scam from Linda B.  She got a phone call from someone posing as a Wal-Mart customer relations employee.  She was told she was chosen to receive $400 in purchases from Wal-Mart because she was a "valued customer."

  Well, who hasn't shopped at Wal-Mart? Aren't we all valued customers?   Linda says the crook rambled on and seemed to be using a script.  Bottom line, she was told she needed to continue to use the same credit card at Wal-Mart for these winning purchases as she had used for her past purchases.

  That's when Linda smelled a rat.  She was told she needed to volunteer her address and her credit card number so Wal-Mart could verify her identity.  Yeah, right!!!

 Since Linda refused to reveal that important information she was told she had forfeited her right to the "$400 Celebration Prize."  The caller was no longer friendly, but angry that Linda wasn't falling for it.

  I asked Wal-Mart about the call and spokeswoman Anna Taylor told me, "It is unfortunate some people use the good name of reputable businesses for their own personal gain.  Wal-Mart certainly would not participate in any endeavor such as the one mentioned."

Whenever you "win" something... always think about the loss versus the gain.  For example, what will you lose by giving your address and credit card number... your identity and your card.  That's a huge loss.   The gain? Possibly $400.  But before you accept any prize always check it out first.   One call to  the store and managers could've told you there is no such campaign.    If anyone ever tells you the offer's only good now... run.  They're trying to pull a fast one.

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