CHEYENNE — Each month, AARP Wyoming shares a number of scam alerts from the AARP FraudWatch Network, which offers free counseling to those who believe they have been the victim of fraud. The service is available to anyone regardless of age.

Scam alerts issued in May include:

— Data on Gift Card Payments 

Is it a scam if someone directs you to pay a debt or other obligation with a gift card? The answer is yes – in 100% of cases. But alarmingly, 1 in 4 people surveyed by AARP got this question wrong – at a time when we’re seeing an increase in the use of “payment by gift card” as a scam tactic.

Since 2018, gift cardshave been one of the most popular forms of payment requested by criminals according to the Federal Trade Commission. Gift cards are easy to access, virtually untraceable and less likely to raise red…

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