Preventing gift card scams


A consumer alert for you A consumer alert for you
tonight before you buy any gift A consumer alert for you
tonight before you buy any gift
card you might want to double tonight before you buy any gift
card you might want to double
check that they actually end up card you might want to double
check that they actually end up
in the right hands for gas check that they actually end up
in the right hands for gas
consumer investigator Lauren in the right hands for gas
consumer investigator Lauren
Burk tells us what one local consumer investigator Lauren
Burk tells us what one local
woman did. Right to make sure Burk tells us what one local
woman did. Right to make sure
that she did lose thousands of woman did. Right to make sure
that she did lose thousands of
dollars. that she did lose thousands of
dollars.
>>So someone asked for you to dollars.
>>So someone asked for you to
buy them gift cards and you>>So someone asked for you to
buy them gift cards and you
never see their face it is more buy them gift cards and you
never see their face it is more
than likely a scam. There are never see their face it is more
than likely a scam. There are
2 different cases where this than likely a scam. There are
2 different cases where this
happened in our area recently 2 different cases where this
happened in our area recently
and unfortunately one woman did happened in our area recently
and unfortunately one woman did
lose money. and unfortunately one woman did
lose money.
Now part of the drill woman was lose money.
Now part of the drill woman was
sent an e-mail about signing up Now part of the drill woman was
sent an e-mail about signing up
to be a secret shopper. sent an e-mail about signing up
to be a secret shopper.
The woman says the scammers to be a secret shopper.
The woman says the scammers
send her a check for Morgantown The woman says the scammers
send her a check for Morgantown
bank interest for almost send her a check for Morgantown
bank interest for almost
$3,000. bank interest for almost
$3,000.
The scammer then directed the $3,000.
The scammer then directed the
woman to buy gift cards in the The scammer then directed the
woman to buy gift cards in the
amount that check was made out woman to buy gift cards in the
amount that check was made out
for. Now the woman in this case amount that check was made out
for. Now the woman in this case
realize it was a scam in for. Now the woman in this case
realize it was a scam in
contacted Saint Johns County realize it was a scam in
contacted Saint Johns County
Sheriff’s office. Unfortunately contacted Saint Johns County
Sheriff’s office. Unfortunately
another Saint Johns County Sheriff’s office. Unfortunately
another Saint Johns County
resident was not as lucky. another Saint Johns County
resident was not as lucky.
She told deputies she received resident was not as lucky.
She told deputies she received
a message through facebook She told deputies she received
a message through facebook
from a person she thought was a message through facebook
from a person she thought was
her uncle in Pennsylvania. from a person she thought was
her uncle in Pennsylvania.
The message told her to get her uncle in Pennsylvania.
The message told her to get
gift cards and provide the The message told her to get
gift cards and provide the
information to another gift cards and provide the
information to another
person online the victim only information to another
person online the victim only
communicated with the scammer person online the victim only
communicated with the scammer
through messenger and communicated with the scammer
through messenger and
text message. In this case, the through messenger and
text message. In this case, the
victim did buy the gift cards text message. In this case, the
victim did buy the gift cards
and give the info to the victim did buy the gift cards
and give the info to the
scammer the victim reported the and give the info to the
scammer the victim reported the
incident to the FBI but they scammer the victim reported the
incident to the FBI but they
told her there was no chance of incident to the FBI but they
told her there was no chance of
her getting her money back. told her there was no chance of
her getting her money back.
So when in doubt if you cannot her getting her money back.
So when in doubt if you cannot
confirm the person’s identity So when in doubt if you cannot
confirm the person’s identity
do not give them money X,

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