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:
- A Social Security warning of a problem with your account - Click HERE to find out more about Social Security scams!
- A utility company warning of an imminent shutoff - Click HERE to find out more about utility company scams!
- A lottery company promising a big prize — once you pay some fees upfront - Click HERE to find out more about sweepstakes & lottery scams!
- A grandchild needing bail or facing another financial emergency. - Click HERE to find out more about grandparent scams!
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.
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