Callers from The Big Island, Maui, and Oahu report that the offer comes on a postcard and lists a toll-free number to call and claim the card.
“Consumers have reported that when they call the number, they are asked to provide their credit card or banking information, supposedly to cover a mailing fee of $1.00,” said Gregory D. Dunn, President and CEO of Hawaii’s BBB. “Unfortunately, once you’ve shared that information with them, there’s little to stop them from adding other charges on your account.”
As a general rule, consumers should be vigilant about receiving unsolicited “free” gift cards offers in the mail. Hawaii’s BBB is advising consumers that may have fell victim to this scam to call their bank or credit card company immediately.
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