Everyone would feel happy if they get Gift cards, many of us proceed to get the gift rashly, but at the end, we regret giving our personal information after realizing that we have been scammed.
Best Buy is teaming up with the AARB and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), to raise the public awareness towards gift card fraud.
Many retailers recently such as Aldi, Target and Lidl have warned their customers from fake accounts using their names and offering vouchers, claiming that they can use it in their shopping.
Scammers find you in a way you can not expect, they ask people for instance in order to have the gift card to comment and share or retweet their posts which usually include a link, when you click on that link it will redirect you to another page asking you to enter your personal information. Scammers can use them against you later.
Best buy have posted on their site some tips to prevent Gift Fraud.
Fraud prevention tips
Here are some tips to prevent gift card fraud:
- If you receive a call or email asking for payment by gift card, know that it’s a scam. Report it to your local authorities and the Federal Trade Commission right away.
- Never provide your gift card number and pin to anyone you don’t know. Once those numbers are gone, so is your money.
- Limit sharing your personal information. Be thoughtful when you get email or phone requests for this information.
- If you’re pressured to act quickly, odds are it’s a scam.
- Don’t open email attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re from legitimate sources. Search business records and reviews online to check them out.