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 firstname.lastname@example.org.