The Wichita Falls Police Department Financial Crimes Unit has discovered another telephone scam involving a company presenting itself as Value-Pass.com. The scam begins when a representative from the company solicits a trial offer via telephone, offering an individual a $100.00 gift card from Wal-Mart. The winner of the gift card need only pay $4.95 with a valid credit card for shipping/handling fees. After paying the fee, the winner will be given a fake confirmation number, call back number and specific cancel date. The winners never receive the gift card but their credit card is charged $99.00 for a non-refundable membership to Value-Pass.com.
The scam has been perpetrated locally. The suspects may be based in Florida but are utilizing a virtual private network so that the phone number on caller ID will show a 940 area code.