Payment By Gift Card? It's a Scam!

DON'T FALL FOR IT!


Gift cards are popular and convenient … and not just for gifts.  Con artists have latched onto gift cards as a convenient form of payment in their scams.


SIGNS TO WATCH FOR

1. You’re directed to buy one or more gift cards — often referred to as “electronic vouchers” — as a quick means of making payment.

2. You’re told to share the numbers on the back of the gift cards, by reading them off or sending a picture.

3. The request comes from someone you wouldn’t expect to ask for money this way:


HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

Gift cards are for simply that...gifts.  They aren't to be used as a form of currency!


WHY SCAMMERS LOVE GIFT CARD PAYMENTS

  • Readily available
  • Virtually untraceable
  • Easily converted to cash or bitcoin
  • Ability to move large amounts of money in small parcels

Protect yourself and know the warning signs!  If you are unsure, hang up, and call the source yourself, using the appropriate number.  Click HERE for more information on phone scams.


MEDIA POST CONTACT: Lieutenant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, piacentinom@manheimtownshippolice.org