King George County Sheriff's Office wants residents to be on the look out for the latest “Gift Card Scam” See their message posted below.
The most current scam is being conducted through emails. The way it works is the scammer will often spoof (impersonate) email from a trusted colleague, friend or boss, asking you to purchase gift cards for them with the promise they will pay you back.
The scammers make up an excuse that they are busy and need you to help them out. To complete the scam they will ask you to send them the card information in email.
Although it seems difficult to pull off, in the holiday season creative scammers often target individuals who want to make a good impression on their boss or be a team player in a new job.
As with any internet transaction be very careful and never give out personal information through email if you can't verify the source. If something doesn't feel right go with your instinct and don't do it.
If you think you have been a victim of a scam call your local law enforcement to report it. They can help you identify if you have been scammed and guide you through the process of reporting it and stopping payments through your bank or credit card service if it is not too late.
Tell us if you have ever been a victim of a scam or have thwarted an attempt. If you would like to share your experience tell us in the comments.
Yes but the attempt was thwarted