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Rochester resident receives scam in mail

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- In February, the Better Business Bureau warned consumers to be on the look out for a scam involving a realistic-looking card for an unclaimed gift certificate to Walmart or Target.

Regina Kildahl of Rochester received one such card in the mail two weeks ago.  When she called the number a woman answered and said, "Regina, congratulations, you are receiving a $100 retail rebate."

All she had to do to get a $100 gift card to Target or Walmart was follow the directions on the card she received in the mail.

"Free gift card. I thought, okay, I can use that," said Kildahl.

The call sounded legitimate at first.  The person on the other end called Regina by name, knew where she lived and even knew which credit card company she uses.  But then she was asked for her credit card information. "If you see something that sounds like a real good deal. Chances are it isn't," said Kildahl.

Kildahl refused to give any information over the phone, but the woman she was speaking with was very persistent.  After she hung-up, Kildahl called the Rochester Police Department and Target.  Target said the card wasn't mailed from them.

"If they would put all their intelligence and stuff to work towards the good of something it would make it a much better place," said Kildahl.

Still, there are a number of scams. On Thursday, AARP Minnesota will host a senior fraud prevention event at the Rochester Senior Center from 10 a.m. until noon.

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