Feb 8th, 2022
The Financial Crimes Unit of the Mobile Police Department has seen an increase in the number of reported scams involving gift cards. Some victims have given the scammers the card number while others have caught on and not lost any money.
As a reminder, no government agency, law firm, or noncommercial business will ask for a gift card as payment. The only business that will accept a gift card is the one that issued it. For example, Microsoft will not accept Target gift cards as a form of payment.
Below is a link to the Federal Trade Commission for information on gift card scams. A link to report a scam to the Federal Trade Commission is also provided.
Gift Card Scams | FTC Consumer Information