New scam offers fake Wal-Mart gift cards, Lexington police warn

jwarren@herald-leader.comApril 25, 2014 

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Lexington police are warning residents to beware of a new telephone scam that offers bogus Wal-Mart gift cards.

The scheme is designed to steal victims' credit card information, according to detectives with the financial crimes unit.

Officers said they've received several reports from victims who received calls from what appeared to be an automated calling system.

When a person answers, a recording states that the person has been randomly selected to win a Wal-Mart gift card and other promotional items.

A live operator then comes on the line and tells the person to provide credit card information and pay a shipping and handling fee of $2.95.

Police urged residents to disregard such calls and never give personal credit or other financial information to anyone over the phone or through a text message.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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