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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 https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/paying-scammers-gift-cards

Please report any suspicious messages to itprotect@umass.edu.