Gift card scams target primarily elderly area residents | #scams | #elderlyscams
WACO, Texas (KWTX) – The Waco Police Department says it’s seeing an increase in cases in which scammers are tricking residents into buying store gift cards and then convincing them to provide the redemption codes.
Authorities say the scammers tell the residents they call that they have outstanding warrants, were overpaid a refund or that their computers need to be checked for security issues.
The scammers typically target the elderly.
One resident purchased more than $30,000 in gift cards in the belief a scammer was trying to help her, Officer Garen Bynum said in a Facebook post.
Investigators say they’re getting at least one new case a day involving the scam, he said.
“Please know that no legitimate business, law enforcement or other governmental agency will ever ask you to purchase gift cards and give them the number to redeem the newly purchased gift cards. If someone asks you to do this, it is a scam,” Bynum said.
Bynum encouraged residents to make sure elderly relatives and friends are aware of the scam.
“They are thieves who want nothing more than to take advantage of people. Don’t let this happen to you or your family members,” he said.
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