Learn the Red Flags – The GIFT CARD Scam’s Score
After conning a consumer into buying the gift cards, scammers use several techniques to get consumers to send gift cards to them.
Watch for the red flags:
Do Not Respond to Unsolicited Requests to Buy Gift Cards
Scammers need you to send them the gift cards you purchased as a part of the scheme. That is how they make their money. They use gift cards or the value on them. A request for you to deliver gift cards to people you do not know is a red flag.
Do Not Provide Card Numbers
Scammers do not necessarily need the gift cards themselves
to make a score in a scam. All they need are the numbers on the gift card. You should never give such numbers to others including the card number or the PIN. A request to do so is a red flag.
Do Not Deliver Pictures of the Gift Card
Scammers may ask you to take a picture of the
front and back of the gift card for one reason or another. The real reason is they want to see the gift card numbers in the picture. A request for pictures of gift cards is a red flag.