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Security Threat: Gift Card Scams

February 19, 2019

Gift cards are a popular and convenient gift. Recently, they have also become a popular way for scammers to steal money from you. Please remember that gift cards are for gifts, not payments, and that anyone who demands payment by gift card is a scammer.

To recognize and avoid gift card scams, remember these indicators:

  • Too good to be true offer: Messages about offers for goods or services at an unbelievable price are likely fraudulent.
  • False sense of urgency: Scams often use language that tricks you into acting quickly without thinking.
    ‘Warning! Pay your bill immediately or your power will be cut off!’
  • Style inconsistencies and grammar errors: Scammers often claim to be from a reputable organization, such as a bank or utility company. Be wary of missing or incorrectly used branding aspects, such as logos.

For more information about avoiding gift card scams, see

Please report any suspicious messages to