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NC attorney general releases scam warning

By Kyle Horan
Published On: Feb 19 2013 05:39:39 PM CST
NEWPORT -

The North Carolina attorney general's office posted a warning on the Department of Justice website Monday warning of a scam targeting consumers.

Several people in North Carolina have reported getting postcards in the mail starting in January which promise $100 in gift rebates to retail stores like Wal-Mart and Target. The NC attorney general release details what happens in the scam:

"Consumers are told to call a toll-free number to learn how to claim their reward. If you call the number, you'll be asked to provide your credit card number, supposedly to cover shipping and processing fees of $6.95 or less."

Once credit card information has been shared, the group behind the scam starts charging the cards up to $100, or places smaller charges on the account.

Joseph Buck, a Newport man, said he received one of the postcards in the mail.

"I dialed the number and this guy comes on the phone and asked me if I was calling about the $100 gift card and I told him yes," said Buck. "I asked him what do I have to do to get this gift card? He told me I have to send him a $6.95 application fee. Right then I knew what was going on."

Anyone who receives one of the postcards is urged to call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint at www.ncdoj.gov.