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A warning about discount gift card offers that could leave you paying more.

One Upstate woman says the callers tried to get her credit card information by offering her a $100 gift card for only seven dollars.

We found out the "company" failed to give her some key information that could have cost her.

When you visit Patricia West's Spartanburg home the first thing you notice are all the angel figurines.

She told us she liked how they watched over her.

So it's fitting she's found herself in a spot where she's watching over others. It brings tears to her eyes.

"These people could have took some innocent older person to the cleaners, and if I was an older person not knowing it was a scam miss Diane, they could have took my money and ran with it."

West is referring to a few calls she got offering a $100 gift card to Walmart or Target. All she had to do was give them her name and credit card number to pay for a small fee.

"Oh yeah, I wanted it. Oh yeah, anybody would want a gift card that was for $7," said West.

She played along by giving them fake information, but says the whole while they never told her exactly why she was getting the offer.

I called the number and was told to call the company SideTickTV. 6 calls later I finally got through and the woman explained the gift cards were in exchange for signing up for a monthly service.  We told them we were a TV News Station and recording.

I asked: "Are you fully informing people of the charges?"

They said: "That I don't know because it's the tele-marketers responsibility to explain that to them."

I responded: "So, what you're saying is maybe some people are being mislead."

She said: "Maybe."

The Spartanburg Sheriff's office tells me this is a scam and they say they get reports on these types of phishing schemes all the time. The main thing to keep in mind, any legitimate winning will never require you to pay money."

"I want these people stopped no-matter what it takes," said West.

She isn't trying to earn her wings. But she hopes her words will prevent other targets from getting lured into signing up for a gift card that will only cost them more in the long run.

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