11 Call For Action Alert: Scammers Offer $100 Gift

By: Gina Esposito Email
By: Gina Esposito Email

PUEBLO, Colo. This is a warning about a scam in Southern Colorado. In this 11 Call for Action Alert, a local man received a post card in the mail saying he's eligible for a prize. When he called the number, the scammers tried to get him to pay.

Rudy Gonzales received a postcard in the mail saying he's eligible for a $100 gift card to use at Wal-Mart or Target. At first, he thought nothing of it because he shops at Wal-Mart all the time.

"The way the economy is now, if they're going to give you hundred dollar gift card, well you going to find out what is that about," said Gonzales.

When Gonzales called the number on the card, a man with a foreign accent asked for a debit or credit card number. The man on the phone wanted to charge him a $1 shipping fee. Gonzales wasn't fooled, and he didn't give the man his information.

"Why would they need a dollar for me, if they are going to give me a hundred?... for shipping and handing, when forty-three cents will do it," said Gonzales.

11 News Reporter Gina Esposito called that number too. The woman on the phone told Esposito that the company is called "Fun-Vantage." When Esposito asked for the woman to verify the company's legitimacy, she couldn't give an answer. She said that it's a "trust system" and that Esposito would get it in writing after she paid the $1 shipping fee.

Esposito also searched the number online and couldn't find a location.

"If you get a postcard like this, just throw it away, because it's just not true," said Gonzales.

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