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IC3 Issues Alert on Gift Card Scams

Alert Number I-061115-PSA

FBI releaseds alert warning consumers of fraudulent resale of gift cards.


The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an alert warning consumers of fraudulent resale of gift cards.

The secondary gift card market lets consumers sell unwanted gift cards. Various types of gift card scams have been reported to the IC3, such as the following:

  • Victim sells a gift card on an auction site, receives payment for the sale, and sends the PIN associated with the gift card to the buyer, who disputes the charge after using the gift card.
  • Victim purchases an item on an auction site and is advised by the seller to purchase gift cards to pay for the transaction. After purchasing thousands of dollars in gift cards, the victim finds out the auction transaction is a scam.
  • A Secondary Gift Card Market site agrees to pay a victim for a discounted merchant gift card. The victim sends the code on the gift card, and the payment for the transaction was reversed. Thus, the buyer uses the gift card code to purchase an item and stops payment to the seller

US-CERT encourages consumers to review the IC3 Alert for more details on avoiding gift card fraud and US-CERT Security Tip ST07-001 for information on shopping safely online.

See Alert Number I-061115-PSA at


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