ALERT: Kilgore area hit by gift card scam
POSTED: Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 10:49am
UPDATED: Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 3:53pm
KILGORE (KETK) — Kilgore Police are warning residents about a scam that is circulating in the area.
Phone calls have been made to houses that come from a private number or 1-876-897-2570.
The caller has a heavy foreign accent and tells you that you have won a large amount of money. They then ask the person to buy a gift card from Walmart or CVS and make your ID available for the prize team to deliver the check.
Kilgore Police say the caller tells the victim that the team will come to their home at a specified time and personally deliver the prize money to them and pick up the gift card.
They often return the call later to ask for the gift card number, the type of card, and the color of the gift card.
Police say that the victim has not won any money and the scam artist is just wanting the numbers on the card so they can copy it and use the card somewhere else.
Kilgore authorities have provided the following resources for the public to learn more about these scams: