There are some thieves out there trying to scam Sam's Club members. So there is no confusion, the scam is not run by Sams Club, but by someone pretending to be Sam's Club. If you get an e-mail offering to renew your membership for free, beware! It is a scam!
I got an e-mail like that about a week ago. The thing is that I never gave that e-mail address to Sam's Club so I was sure it was a scam. Also, I only renewed my membership 3 months ago, so it all seemed very fishy. I can see how some people might fall for the scam. Have you contacted Sam's Club, do they know someone is running a scam in their name?
I have never been contacted by Sam's Club to renew so an e-mail from them would have looked fishy to me. I always renew when I go into the store and pay for the items I bought. Wow, I hope a lot of people are not falling for this. Shame on these idiots that are scamming people out of money. I hope they get caught soon and that few people fell for the scam.
I did get an e-mail from a company like Sam's pretending they were Sam's but I did not fall for it either! Man that just burns me when people do that! I wonder what Sam's is doing about this? I mean it makes them look bad too if people get scammed - they will put the name Sam's with the scam. I hope these people get caught soon too. You can never be too careful when doing any business online.
I got that same e-mail that said it was from Sam's Club and offering me a free renewal. I was sure that there was something wrong. I have never had an e-mail like that before. I went to the Sam's Club website and I found an e-mail, and I forwarded a copy to them. Sam's Club e-mailed me back saying that they have recently seen quite a few complaints about this scam e-mail. They also thanked me for letting them know, saying that the more info they have, the more likely the people doing this will be caught. I do not think there is anything they can do other than investigate it. Still I do think that they need to release some kind of public statement and put up signs at the physical locations warning people about this scam. If they don't do this then more people are going to fall for the scam, whatever it is.
I think that the best way to keep people from being taken advantage of by this scam is to educate people about it. In the e-mail they ask you to click a link, I did not even do that because it could have been a virus. I know that other people, like my mother, might just fall for something like that because they just don't know any better. I think people who run scams like this should be caught and thrown in jail for theft and for fraud. As for me, I delete (or forward to the right people) any e-mail that looks even sort of fishy. I never click on links or respond. Everyone I need to talk to can be called, and if I get a suspect e-mail, I will just close it and call the company. Beware everyone, there are thieves on the net who want your money.
It's a shame that people have to try to scam people to earn money. If they were ever caught they should have to work for the people they scammed to pay them for their misery and to pay back the money. I don't think people like this should be allowed to be just put into prison and be able to get ripped and laze around. That's too easy. The punishment should fit the crime as far as I'm concerned. They are starting to let criminals off too easy these days.