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Scammers using gift cards like never before

Scammers using gift cards like never before
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Heads up! There’s a new way scammers are trying to get your money. In fact, Kim Komando herself had a personal experience with this very scheme. Check out her note below.

These types of crooks want your money, and they want it now. Whatever con they run, it usually involves asking you to pay for things in a very particular way. That means they make it easy for them to get your money and nearly impossible for you to get it back.

Their latest method? iTunes gift cards. Thieves posing as the IRS or some other online business convince you to pay them for a variety of fraudulent reasons. But once you put money on a card and share the code with them, your cash is gone for good.

Special note from Kim: Here’s how it almost happened to one of my friends

"My friend asked if I wanted to buy a $500 iTunes gift card. I told her no of course and asked why she was selling it. Turns out, her husband had been trying to buy a car online. The car belonged to someone who lived out of state and the seller insisted the husband mail a pricey iTunes card as a portion of the payment. Luckily I let her and her husband know it was a scam before it was too late."

Kim Komando

If you encounter any version of this type of crime, call the police and report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
Here’s the link to the FTC.

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