RENO, Nev.-- A feisty elderly woman is fighting back after she was recently scammed through the mail. what she thought was a $100 Walmart gift card offer, turned out to be a ploy to steal her identity.
Nona Ferrell thought her day was getting off to a good start
"I received this card in the mail, it says ' we are trying to reach you about your unclaimed reward," said Nona.
As a valued customer of Walmart, the piece of mail was offering her a 100 dollar gift card. She called the number on the card and they asked for a confirmation number, she gave it. Next, they got to what they really wanted, her birthday.
"I am now 90, and she says, I am sorry, it only goes up to 80, and I said I think that is against the law, and from there on I was after them," said Nona.
A quick call to Walmart corporate revealed she had just been scammed. The people at the other end of the line were fishing for information.
"If they have your name and have your birthday, they can get all kinds of information on you. Identity theft is the end result," said Nona.
In similar cases, the Better Business Bureau reports scammers try to get a credit card or social security numbers. They say it's to cover the cost of shipping and handing of the gift card.
They didn't get that information from Nona, probably because they were too scared.
"So I thought. You buzzard baits I am gonna go after you," said Nona.
This scam takes various different forms. To be safe, always be wary of giving people your personal information, no matter how you think you'll be rewarded in the outcome.