Another scheme has made its way here to Hawaii. This one targets shoppers looking for a good deal.
The Better Business Bureau said it’s received dozens of calls from Hawaii residents who are getting postcards in the mail.
The card lures you in with a $100 gift card to Target or Walmart, and all you have to do is pay one dollar for shipping.
“What they’re being asked to do is call a toll-free number — it’s an 888 number — and provide their debit or credit card information or checking account information so that one dollar can be taken from it for shipping and handling for this $100 gift card,” said Tim Caminos, Hawaii Better Business Bureau.
But that’s when the trouble starts.
“Basically you’re opening yourself up to a phishing scam, so they’re not going to stop at one dollar. They’re going to charge whatever they can,” Caminos explained. “They’re going to max out your credit cards. They’re going to use that to take your identity if possible.”
The Hawaii Better Business Bureau said it started hearing about the scheme earlier this year after it ran rampant on the mainland.
It’s not known where the scheme originated from, but both retailers are aware of it. Walmart even has a web page to prevent customers from becoming victims.
“This kind of thing can continually evolve and develop and it’s up to us to kind of really look at things,” Caminos said. “Take a step back and see, is this real? Let me do a little bit of research first before I actually go ahead and give out my personal identifiable information.”