If they asked you to get a gift card your being SCAMMED!
Whenever someone demands to be paid with a gift card, that’s a scam. It’s just that simple. Gift cards are for gifts, not for payments. If someone convinced you to give them the numbers on a gift card or send them a photo, hang onto the card and your receipt, and report it to the card issuer right away.
If you or someone you know falls victim to a gift card scam, make sure you keep your receipt as it has identifying information about the gift card. Then take these actions:
- Contact the retailer that issued the gift card. The FTC maintains a list of popular retailers and how to reach them about gift card fraud.
- File a police report. The FTC notes doing this may help you get assistance from the gift card issuer.
- Report the fraud to the FTC. Include as much information as you can, including times, dates, phone numbers or email addresses, and screenshots of messages. The FTC can’t resolve individual cases, but it investigates activity and shares fraud reports with relevant local law enforcement.
- Report the fraud to your state attorney general. Much like reporting fraud to the FTC, your state’s attorney general investigates larger fraud issues rather than resolving individual cases.
Even if you don’t fall for the scam, take a few minutes to file a report to the FTC and your state attorney general. Doing so could help catch a fraudster and prevent them from victimizing others.
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