A reader has a warning about an email scam:
“Got burned a week ago in spite of myself. I got a Free gift from Ace Hardware just for completing a survey for them. I am currently an Ace Rewards member and get adv. from Ace online so I thought nothing of it.
Then the Clincher For $6.99 postage and handling/ I could choose from several “Free Gits.” Sucker I bit. Two weeks later my “Gift ” arrived and 3 days later my bank balance went down the proverbial RAT Hole to the tune of$177.99 plus $6.99 postage and handling.
I talked to the wife in case she ordered and forgot to tell me. She did not. I then called the phone number to inquire who authorized a transaction of that amount, I was shocked that it was for my free gift from Ace Rewards ! Only catch it wasn’t from Ace Rewards but from PRIMENATURALWELLNESSCL 866-4226136 GA. My free gift wasn’t free it was $117.99. This is not even the correct name of the company the name belongs to a medical office in Lafayette, MS. . Of Course they do not accept returns nor do they give refunds!!!
So moral if you are offered a gift for completing a survey of a business you deal with DON’T Take it!!!!!!!!! Once bit thrice shy. I beat it to the bank and requested a dispute for fraudulent charges. I am waiting for reimbursement, and tomorrow will file a complaint with the Feds.”
Good advice! We always have to stay vigilant. Another piece of advice I can offer is that if you win something, they just send it to you. You don’t have to pay for anything. I’ve been lucky enough to win some swell stuff in my life like a trip to Bora Bora. If you legitimately win a prize, the prize generally just shows up or you can come to pick it up if it’s local.