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Paying With Gift Cards Scam

Paying With Gift Cards Scam

Did someone tell you to pay them with a gift card? It's a scam.

The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office has become aware of scams involving gift cards. One such scam involved a caller who said he was from the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office and there was an arrest warrant issued for the victim. This warrant could be satisfied by paying over the phone with retail gift cards. The caller ID information even showed the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office phone number.

This is a scam- the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office will never request that you satisfy a fine or warrant over the phone with a retail gift card. Likewise, the IRS, local government entities, and the federal government will not request payment by gift card either.

if you receive a call like this, hang up and contact the agency back using a known number or email, not one provided by the caller.

For more information, visit https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/09/did-someone-tell-you-pay-gift-cards-its-scam or https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/paying-scammers-gift-cards.