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BBB warns consumers to be wary of ‘unclaimed rewards’ scam

The Better Business Bureau is warning of an “unclaimed rewards” scam, in which scammers promise unclaimed rewards to trick people into providing the...
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The Better Business Bureau is warning of an “unclaimed rewards” scam, in which scammers promise unclaimed rewards to trick people into providing their credit card information.

According to the BBB, the victims get a postcard, email or social media message saying they have an unclaimed reward at major retailers like Walmart and Target — and provide a phone number to claim it.

On the phone, they’re asked to confirm their identity and provide credit card information to pay for mailing costs, the agency says.

The scammers then try to use the credit card to buy items.

The BBB recommends being wary of unsolicited correspondence, and to never give personal information to people you don’t know.

You can learn more at bbb.org/scamtips and usa.gov/unclaimed-money.