Red Deer RCMP warn public of online gift card scam – Red Deer Advocate

Red Deer RCMP are warning the public about an online scam of hiring people to buy gift cards.

Red Deer RCMP recently investigated an incident in which a person was offered an online job that required them to purchase gift cards in exchange for payment. The person was told to purchase gift cards for customers, which would then be redeemed by check. However, when the person deposited the checks, the bank determined they were fraudulent. To avoid detection, the scammers used real business information from a BC business, including a logo from their website.

The RCMP offers the following tips to help identify fraudulent online job postings:

First and foremost, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Try to confirm that the job really exists in a real company. Search the company’s website and find the job posting. Call the company directly to confirm the job opportunity.

Beware of jobs where you are asked to transfer money to a “customer” via Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency, gift card, wire transfer, or direct deposit to a third-party bank account that is yours provided.

Other red flags for fraudulent jobs include: emails are sent from free, unsecured accounts such as Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail; you must provide credit card or banking information; or you are required to pay money to get the job.

The best protection against scammers is to learn to resist a push decision, no matter how persuasive or aggressive the scammer is. Arm yourself and the vulnerable people in your life by learning to recognize and protect yourself against fraud. Visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at for more advice.

If you have information about these types of fraudulent activity, please contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or your local police department. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at

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