How the scam works:
You are ready to go into a store and at the door there is a cute little girl that has a bunch of gift cards for a popular store or restaurant.
“We are doing a fundraiser for our school and our class partnered with x company (showing the company name and logo on the card) for a one-time special deal. It is $30 if you buy it from me, but the actual amount on it is $50. The deal starts at the beginning of next month”.
It sounds good as a deal, but the scammers actually organize this very well. They manufacture the gift cards themselves and pay the children $2 per card sold. All the cards are the same and look very official. Unfortunately, you are paying $30 for a card that will actually have no value in that specific store.
How to avoid:
However cute she looks, never believe anybody who sells product in parking lots or store fronts. As an alternative, if gift cards are your thing, use only legitimate companies. One of the most trustworthy service out there is Swagbucks.com, which is the world’s largest free online rewards program. You get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, take surveys, watch videos, or play games. You can also get free iTunes and Amazon cards. The company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.
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