Becoming a member of forces with retailers
The FTC is partnering with retailers nationwide to stop shoppers from shedding cash to present card scams. Here is extra on the marketing campaign.
When eBay grew to become a sizzling commodity for fraudsters this 12 months, it knocked Google Play present playing cards out of the highest spot, the FTC says. eBay, in an announcement to AARP, stated it’s dedicated to creating companies which can be “protected, safe and reliable” and that it supplies fraud-prevention suggestions for shoppers.
Not solely are fraudsters specifying the model of present card they need, they’re additionally telling individuals the place to purchase them, says the FTC, which recognized Walmart, Goal, Walgreens and CVS as doubtless venues.
At occasions, alert retailer workers have stopped present card gross sales, however “scammers work arduous” to stop that, telling their victims to not reveal why they’re shopping for the playing cards and even teaching them on what to say if somebody tries to intervene, the FTC says.