protect yourself from scammers

Gift cards can ONLY be used as payment for the retailer on the front of the card.

 

How scammers may contact you: Scammers demand payment with gift cards for:
Home phone
Email
Text
Cell phone
Letter through US Postal Service
Bail money
IRS payment
Technology support
Taxes for winning a lottery


Hang up! Don’t respond!

No real business or government agency will ever ask you to pay them with gift cards. 


 

HOW TO GET HELP OR REPORT A SCAM

If you think someone is trying to scam you, or that you have fallen victim to a scam, you’re not alone! Here’s where you can go for help or to report a scam: 

 

Agency

Phone number

Website

Federal Trade Commission

1-877-FTC-HELP

(1-877-382-4357)

www.reportfraud.ftc.gov

Department of Justice

National Elder Fraud Hotline

1-833-FRAUD-11

(833-372-8311)

https://ovc.ojp.gov/program/stop-elder-fraud/providing-help-restoring-hope

Treasury Inspector General

for Tax Administration (TIGTA)

800-366-4484

 

www.treasury.gov/tigta

Contact your local law enforcement

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