Better Business Bureau: Post card scammers target the elderly

The better business bureau sending out a warning about a new scam in the form of a post card offering a gift card you will never receive.

It was an offer Louis Bough could not refuse, but he became suspicious after the person on the phone asked him for a certain request.

They want you to send them $9.85 and then I went to report it in the Better Business Bureau in Weslaco, he said. They told me they not only get the $9.85, they verify that you are a real person and they get your records and credit card number.

Bourgh said he quickly hung up, and just one day before, he had read about a post card scam on his iPad.

It angers me because it TMs not fair to anyone to give up their money, Bourgh said.

So, instead of keeping the information to himself, he called the Better Business Bureau who told Action 4 News it is indeed a scam.

The Better Business Bureau is asking victims to come forward. "Whenever something says free that normally isn't free, it usually isn't, Dolores Salinas with the Better Business Bureau said. If they start asking you for credit cards, bank account numbers, any type of bank financial information and you don't know who these people are you should not give that information out."

Salinas said they are not sure how many people across the Valley have received this post card, but she said often times scammers target the elderly. So, it TMs important to remember these tips.

"The best thing they can do is throw it away. If you look at the post card it doesn't have a return address, if it doesn't have another number you can call other than the 800 number, don't call it."

Most importantly, Salinas said, is to use common sense.

"If someone sounds too good to be true, it probably is, Salinas said. The best thing they can do is call us to verify the offer.

That is exactly what Bough's did, which probably saved him from falling victim to a scam.