AG Nessel shares video focused on gift card scams
Agency: Attorney General
Media Contact: Lynsey Mukomel 517-599-2746
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February 18, 2022
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is back to highlight important consumer protection information with her latest video.
“The scammers will call, text or email people trying to get them to buy a gift card, then ask for the gift card number over the phone,” Nessel said. “Remember that gift cards are for giving, not for paying people. If someone requests payment using a gift card from Amazon, Target, or another store, that’s a scam. Hang up or delete the message.”
Nessel has a few consumer alerts to help people protect themselves from such scams. The first is its Don’t Fall Victim to Gift Card Scams consumer alert. Once money is loaded onto a gift card and the numbers are provided to the requestor, these transactions cannot be reversed, making them a favorable avenue for bad actors who don’t want their scams traced. .
Just yesterday, Nessel announced a lawsuit related to scammers claiming to offer AT&T DirecTV services. In this scam, the recipient is informed that an initial cost must be paid by a prepaid card in order to start the service.