Con artists and fraudsters are always looking for ways to take your money. A classic scam resurfacing and gaining traction involves gift cards. Thieves posing as international corporations and government agencies are targeting the elderly and anyone who falls prey to their scheme into paying phony bills using gift cards.
Don’t be fooled; no reputable company or government entity calls customers nor accepts payment for goods and services using gift cards. Remember, gift cards are meant to be gifts, not coerced, urgent payments demanded under sketchy circumstances.
The gift card scam is so prolific that AARP claims nearly one in three adults says they or someone they know have been asked at some point to purchase a gift card to pay a bill, fee or some other debt or obligation, or even to claim a prize.
This is how…