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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Merrimack police warn of Wal-Mart gift card phone scam

MERRIMACK – The Merrimack Police Department issued a warning of a reported Wal-Mart gift card scam targeting local residents.

“They call you and tell you that you’re eligible for a $100 gift card to Wal-Mart and they tell you, ‘Oh, by the way we just need your credit card because there’s a $3 processing fee,’” Community Service Officer Robert Kelleher said. “Once they get your credit card then they just fraudulently use it. It sounds believable, I am sure some people have fallen for it unfortunately.” ...

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MERRIMACK – The Merrimack Police Department issued a warning of a reported Wal-Mart gift card scam targeting local residents.

“They call you and tell you that you’re eligible for a $100 gift card to Wal-Mart and they tell you, ‘Oh, by the way we just need your credit card because there’s a $3 processing fee,’” Community Service Officer Robert Kelleher said. “Once they get your credit card then they just fraudulently use it. It sounds believable, I am sure some people have fallen for it unfortunately.”

Kelleher said this is a slight modification to the more traditional “lottery scams.” He received a report from a male resident who said he got a call from a female who spoke English well with a “Pakistani or Indian” accent. Kelleher said the female caller pressed the resident hard on several occasions to get his credit card information, which he refused to provide.

According to Kelleher, the phone number came from an 845 area code with a unlisted VOiP, or voice over Internet Protocol, line registered in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He said Wal-Mart isn’t offering any such promotion.

Anyone with concerns or who receives such a call can contact Kelleher at 420-1853 or rkelleher@merrmacknh.gov.

-ERIN PLACE