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BBB warns about "$100 gift savings" postcard fraud

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Beware of a postcard arriving in the mail that promises a "$100 gift savings" for Walmart or Target -- the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota says it's an attempt to get your credit card information and that it's all a fraud.

"We've all heard the saying about never looking a gift horse in the mouth," said Dana Badgerow of the BBB. "However, we believe this 'offer' has more to do with the other end of the horse in question."

The postcard scheme was reported in the Northfield area and may be spreading into southeastern Minnesota.

A BBB staffer tested the postcard offer and reported that the person answering the phone number to call had a heavy foreign accent, and claimed to represent a company called Care Express.  The person said a so-called one-time activation fee was required to get the savings coupons, and had to be paid by credit card.  The call was then disconnected.  The BBB encourages anyone receiving the postcards to shred them rather than call the number listed.

Both Target and Walmart have stated in the past that these types of postcard offers are not coming from them.

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