Is Thoughtful Gift Cards a Scam From a 84199 Zip Code?

I received a handful of Thoughtful Gift Cards from 84199 zip code in the mail and I don't know who they're from. My name and address were printed, not written, on the envelope and the postmark has a zip code for Salt Lake City, Utah. But, I don't know anyone from Utah) and the receipt is from "Thoughtful Gift Cards",, which doesn't appear to have a physical address but the receipt says Pleasant Grove, Utah with a different zip than the postmark.

Is Thoughtful Gift Cards a Scam From a 84199 Zip Code?

The receipt has a discount listed as GRPON 5% OFF, but I can't find this company anywhere on Groupon plus Groupon doesn't do low discounts like that

All five gift cards are for websites with no physical store and very specific products: car seat canopies ( for $50), pregnancy pillows ( for $50), nursing covers ( for $35), fur hats ( for $35, this one may have physical locations), shoes ( for $60)

These arrived in a greeting card with a handwritten note in sharpie, which simply said "So excited for you! I hope you like these" and signed "Jenny Ben" with a heart. I checked with the only Jennifer I know who might have $200 cash to drop and this isn't from her.

The card also included coupons that look like they've been cut from a magazine or paper, pertaining to pregnancy etc -There is, of course, no return address listed

I really don't know anyone at all in Utah. I don't know anyone named Jen who would spend $200 on me. And I hope I don't know anyone who would spend $200 on specific, overpriced products instead of just giving me a gift card to a real store or asking for my registry. Even if that bundle was supposedly 5% off. All I can think is it's a scam to get credit card information. For example, those pregnancy pillows start at $80 and I think I would have to pay the difference, but it seems weird to include five physical gift cards and some random coupons.

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November 24, 2019 at 3:43 PM by an anonymous user from: Elmhurst, Illinois, United States

I received the same mail. But I don’t quite understand how the scammers benefit from this.

I am guessing somewhere along the line you have to give them your credit card information or some kind of information and who would do that? Well, I guess some people would do that because otherwise the scammers will not be doing this.


October 30, 2019 at 1:50 PM by an anonymous user from: Chico, California, United States

This is an insidious scam. This hit my mailbox [my daughter no longer lives here]. She came over to tell me her newly announced pregnancy is no more... no fetal heartbeat. And then she opened this envelope- I am more than disgusted with marketers who utilize these practices, ie- I hope they rot in h**l but I doubt they believe in God.


October 28, 2019 at 11:37 PM by an anonymous user from: Washington, District of Columbia, United States

I’m 23 and went home to my parents house to find this waiting for me. Haven’t lived there for months.

I got excited thinking my recently engaged friend might have sent something about her wedding. Opened it and instantly thought “oh f***, I’m pregnant?” As I quickly realized it wasn’t a friend pranking me since I don’t know a “Jenny B”, panic raced through my veins, even thought maybe this is God giving me a wake up call. But alas. A scam.


October 28, 2019 at 6:44 PM by an anonymous user from: Grants Pass, Oregon, United States

My 22 year old daughter, who is not pregnant just got the same thing today in the mail in Oregon.


October 25, 2019 at 10:47 PM by an anonymous user from: San Antonio, Texas, United States

Our 26 y.o daughter got it today - at our address in Texas which she has NEVER lived. Had a good laugh.


October 25, 2019 at 5:51 PM by an anonymous user from: Pontiac, Michigan, United States

Our daughter just received the same thing! Scam!


October 25, 2019 at 1:30 PM by an anonymous user from: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

I received the same thing, even the receipt for the gift cards purchased in addition to the coupons. Its bizarre bc it was sent to my mother's address but addressed to me. I was so confused. Thank goodness I checked online.


October 25, 2019 at 1:18 PM by an anonymous user from: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

I live in Michigan and just got the same thing. So strange...


October 25, 2019 at 10:39 AM by an anonymous user from: Warminster, Pennsylvania, United States

My daughter received one of these cards as well - what a bizarre scam!


October 24, 2019 at 10:33 PM by an anonymous user from: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

My daughter just got this card with gift cards & coupons; just like all the others listed above. Handwritten card w/ a sharpie and no return address and from Jenny B. So confusing and weird . . . . who would do this? We're thinking SCAM. Gonna alert authorities.


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Is Thoughtful Gift Cards a Scam From a 84199 Zip Code?