SCAM ALERT: Gift cards could be taking money from you instead of saving it

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers to be aware of baby gift cards sent to them by a “Jenny B.”

The “baby card scam” seems to target women in their twenties who are or could be pregnant by sending them an array of coupons and gift cards in the mail.

“It’s a really cute pregnancy card, wishing you a great pregnancy so this card was sent to my parents’ address near the Huntsville area, and it had been on the news up there to just be cautious of cards being delivered,” said Lucy Brown, who came into possession of a baby scam card.

The gift cards come in a pink envelope that appears to have a missing return address and appears to be handwritten.

The BBB said these cards are not from a friend, but rather part of a questionable marketing scheme by a company based out of Utah called “Mother’s Lounge.”

“BBB questioned Mother’s Lounge’s owner, Jeanette Pierce, regarding the increase in price, which appears to cover the majority of the cost of the gift card, no response was received,” the bureau said. “BBB believes that the business should modify or discontinue the advertising campaign as consumers are confused and the price for a product or shipping should not be increased when a gift certificate is used.”

These cards are being mailed all over the U.S. and Canada.

The BBB has received more than 40 complaints about such cards saying when consumers have used the gift cards in the past, that the price of products and the cost of shipping has increased with their orders.

If you receive one of these pink envelopes, use caution before using them to purchase anything online.

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