Saturday, June 2, 2018

FTC Scam Alert: Asked to pay by gift card? Don’t.

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information
by Jennifer Leach
Assistant Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

Has someone asked you to go get a gift card to pay for something? Lots of people have told us they've been asked to pay with gift cards – by a caller claiming to be with the IRS, or tech support, or a so-called family member in need. If you've gotten a call like this, you know that the caller will then demand the gift card numbers and PIN. And, poof, your money is gone.

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