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It seems that each week new scam attempts pop up. Some Washington County residents are reporting a new twist on an old scam that has cost some victims a considerable amount of money.
Scammers have been posting items for sale on Craigslist and EBAY and when interest is shown in the purchase of their item, they request payment in the form of gift card(s) that the buyer can purchase at almost any local store.
To make the transaction look even more legitimate, the scammers will then email the buyer a link that opens a fake purchase page. This mimics an EBAY or Craigslist page and is complete with an area for the buyer to enter in the newly purchased gift card pin information that they are using for payment.
By the time the resident knows that the entire process was a scam, the money from the gift cards is gone and tracing the scammers is often ineffective due to advanced techniques in spoofing locations, accounts and email addresses.
Anytime someone requests payments in the form of gift cards, you should question how legitimate the transaction is. Also, never click on links sent in an email from a seller and always access the purchase site by typing the address into a browser yourself. Don’t fall for these scams.