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July 25, 2013

Stillwater Police investigate gift-card fraud

STILLWATER, Okla. — A Stillwater woman reported a possible scam to police  Wednesday concerning a fake gift card.

Stillwater Police spokesman Capt. Randy Dickerson said  the woman received a postcard in the mail that offered her a gift card to either Wal-Mart or Target.

On the postcard was a number to call for additional information concerning the gift card. The woman called the number and was told that in order to receive the gift card she needed to provide her bank card information.

The bank card information went toward a $6.95 shipping and handling charge to receive the gift card, the victim told police.

Once she provided her card information, the people attempted to take significantly more from her account but were unsuccessful.

"The victim intentionally gave a card with a low balance on it so that when an additional amount was charged it was denied," Dickerson said."The shipping and handling charge was used to gain access to her account."

Dickerson said police knew it was a scam after contacting Wal-Mart's fraud department. Police learned Wal-Mart didn't offer a free gift card.

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