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New cyber scam, Walmart gift card fraud

POSTED: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 4:18pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:55am

WACO -- Attention Walmart shoppers, there's a new scam you need to be aware of and it's coming to a phone near you.

Emails and text messages are being sent out to random numbers stating you've won a thousand dollar gift card to Walmart.

But you have to pay a fee and give personal and financial information to receive the card.

In a statement from Walmart, "We are very unhappy to learn that there is a scam intending to defraud our customers... we don't participate in any type of promotion that would ask for certain personal or financial information."

Walmart tells us you can win a gift card by taking a survey listed on their receipts.

But they will only notify if you've won through certified mail, not email or text messages.

The Better Business Bureau in Central Texas tells us the best way to protect yourself against fraud:

"Go to the website of the business that's supposedly providing the gift card. The corporations, the people who are being victimized become aware and they're posting it prominently on their websites," Richard Kitterman, Regional Director for BBB said.  

Walmart officials also say report it to the Federal Trade Commission or the States Attorney General's office. And most importantly, don't respond to the messages.

"When you respond, the first thing you've done is verified they have a legitimate number of somebody who's willing to participate," Kitterman said.

Kitterman said legitimate numbers may be put on a list and sold to other scammers.

Walmart posts scams involving their name on their websites at www. walmartstores.com. Go to "Privacy and Security" then click on "Fraud Alerts." Any fraud they are aware of will be posted on that site.

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