WeCreativez WhatsApp Support
Our customer support team is here to answer your questions. Ask us anything!
Hi, how can we help?
  • info@xpresstradez.com
  • 24/7

5 Common Gift Card Scam Tactics You Should Know

Gift cards

What Makes Gift Cards So Attractive To Scammers?

    1. They’re easy for consumers to purchase, online or in-store
    2. Most retailers and big  brands now offer some form of gift card
    3. There are fewer protections for gift cards than  regular payment cards
    4. There’s no need for a bank account for payment, the scammer just needs the gift card pin/code

5 Common Gift Card Scam Tactics You Should Know

1. You won a Prize:

This type of fraud exploits the promise of a reward to get the customer to pay a fee through a gift card. The victim will receive unsolicited contact from the fraudster informing them that they have won a big prize but must pay a minor fee to claim their award. It may be anything from a car, a house, or a vacation but there is never any cash reward.

2. Phishing attempts to steal your personal information:

Gift cards can be used to deceive people into divulging their personal information. The receiver is solicited via email, SMS, or social media with the prospect of a huge gift card balance, similar to a traditional phishing assault. To claim it, customers must provide some personal and perhaps financial information, which the fraudster will either sell on the dark web or use for identity theft.

3. In-store card manipulation:

Scammers aren’t limited to the internet. Another common ruse is to go to stores that sell gift cards and take the numbers/secret PINs. They’ll go to great measures to conceal their activities, such as recovering PINs using a sticker. They may wait until the victim goes online to register and load funds onto the card before using it online or manufacturing a duplicate for in-store usage, depending on the card.

4. Using bots to steal your balance:

The bad guys may go right to the source and look for a digital record of your gift card with the issuer. What are their methods for accomplishing this? By probing bank-end IT systems at merchants and other organizations for information on card balances and numbers with automated bots. They can use the card as if they were the official cardholder with this information.

5. A threatening official demand payment:

Someone claiming to be from the Federal/State Inland Revenue Service(FIRS/SIRS), the police, or another government entity may call you. Hang up if this caller tries to scare you into buying gift cards to pay for back taxes or other legal issues. This caller is a scammer. Even if the caller is aware of your secret documents and reads them out loud, this is a hoax. The caller may become angry or insulting, threatening to arrest you or suspend your business or driver’s license. To address tax or other legal difficulties, the FIRS, police, or any other government institution will never accept payment in the form of gift cards.

To avoid these cyber fraudsters, you should take note of these strategies which they usually deploy on their targets. It is important to note that no government agency will ever ask you to make payment with gift cards, so any of such requests you may get is a scam. It is also important to keep your gift card codes secret to avoid divulging them carelessly to criminals.

Now you know about gift cards common scams, its advisable you avoid being victimized. if should incase you are not sure about any attribute or perception pertaining gift cards, Our customers service agents are always available (24/7) to direct you on any information you wish to know about gift cards.

Do you have any gift card you wish to trade for cash, crypto or in any currency and payment method, Click here to trade your various gift cards now and experience the best rate ever.

See also- 50 gift card people would actually love this year

See also- what to know before selling gift card

See also- how to sell ebay gift cards for cedis

See also- what can i buy with google play gift card

See also- how to sell american express gift card in nigeria


Latest Gift Card Scams You Should Beware Of In 2022

How To Sell Gift Cards In Nigeria 2023

5 Ways To Avoid Gift Card Scams in 2023

Leave a Reply