Beware of gift card scams

Some scammers posing as a legitimate company, government agency, senior manager, family member or other trusted source will ask you to purchase gift cards and send them the code in exchange for something. This could be a new job, tax benefits, lotteries or to help a good cause. However, there are no circumstances in which a legitimate person or institution will ask you to pay in the form of gift cards. You can safely assume any communications that ask you to purchase gift cards are a scam.