Scam Spotter Campaign Flags Gift Card Fraud
A cyber-safety platform has found a humorous way to warn the American public how to spot a gift card scam ahead of the holiday season.
ScamSpotter.org has made a series of amusing videos in which some of the ridiculous storylines deployed by gift card scammers are played out by actors.
In one Hollywood blockbuster–style dramatization, a grandmother steals a helicopter and breaks into a jail in a foreign country to set her granddaughter free using gift cards as a bail payment.
In another, a man narrowly averts a raid on his home by armed police after paying his outstanding taxes over the phone with gift cards.
Other ads use the scamming tactics “your computer’s been hacked,” “you’re pre-approved for a loan,” and “it’s your boss – I need you to buy gift cards ASAP.”
A spokesperson for the Scam Spotter platform said: “This comprehensive campaign highlights the most common gift card scam scenarios in a series of absurd and hyperbolic videos to show that if the stories scammers use sound unbelievable, it’s because they are.”
Despite the implausibility of the scenarios deployed by gift card scammers, their efforts are frequently met with success.