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Beware Of Gift Card Scam



Archbold police warn residents not to be taken by the latest scam circulating around the village.

Maryellen Johnson, of the Fairlawn Apartments, reported receiving a card in the mail on Monday, Nov. 19, advising her that she could claim free gift cards, which can be spent in retail stores.

Johnson told police that day she called the number on the postcard, and at their request was to give them her credit card number. She told officers she spoke to two persons “who she could hardly understand.” It is suspected the persons at the other end of the line were foreign.

She told one of the subjects she had made a mistake and wanted to cancel the offer.

She was told she could not do that; when she told them the police were at the door, they hung up.

By request of the police, Johnson’s credit card was cancelled.

Tera Rogers, a police offi cer, said APD has received two other calls involving the same postcard.

Police advise citizens to simply throw it away.

“Don’t call the number. Don’t give out any bank or credit card numbers,” she said.



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