The FTC reminds consumers to be alert for Gift Card SCAMs circulating actively this time of year & particularly used in Romance & “money-mule” scam attacks

Scammers are tricking more people into buying gift cards | FTC Consumer Information

According to the newest Data Spotlight, 40,000 people reported losing a whopping $148 million in gift cards to scammers during the first nine months of 2021. Those are staggering numbers which have increased each year for the past several years. Since 2018, gift cards have been the most frequently reported payment method for fraud. But which gift card brand do scammers ask people to buy, and lose the most money on? Google Play, Apple, eBay, and Walmart cards remain popular with scammers