• Warning: U.S. Mail scheme claims ‘gift savings' to Target, Walmart


    PITTSBURGH - Yet another scheme is making its rounds, and this time the fraudsters are using the U.S. Postal Service, Target and Walmart to get to victims.

    Channel 11’s Gordon Loesch found about the latest attempts to steal people’s bank and personal information from a Channel 11 viewer.

    According to that viewer, she received a post card that promoted “gift savings” to the popular retail chains.

    Loesch got a hold of the letter, delivered to the potential victim via the U.S. Postal Service, and contacted the number listed.

    “I had a conversation with two women,” said Loesch. “They said it’s a promotional service. They charge $4.95 a month and you must spend $100 per month at certain stores and send them the receipt. They will then send you back $10 each month, thus your $100 savings – minus, of course, their processing fee.”

    When the local woman contacted the number, she thankfully didn’t fall for all of the lip service.

    “I said, ‘You're not getting my banking account information.’  He said, ‘OK. Thank you.  Bye and he hung up,’” said the victim.

    According to a U.S. Postal Service spokesman, “It’s another way fraudsters can find victims and obtain victim’s credit card and personal information. In some cases, people have a tendency to believe things that are written and they receive via the U.S. Mail, more than they would with a phone solicitation. The fraudsters use Walmart or Target or other names that people trust or recognize in these scams.”

    Target also sent Channel 11 News a statement saying, “Target is not affiliated with this program. We always encourage guests to contact our Guest Relations team to confirm or ask questions on promotions online at  or by phone at 1-800-440-0680. For additional information on what to do if you receive a suspicious message, please visit a previous post with tips on how to outsmart scammers on Target's online magazine A Bullseye View."

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