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Gift card scam targets people trying to save money

Posted at 10:11 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 10:11:46-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The loss of jobs and concerns with the economy has people looking for ways to save money, which means scam artists are working overtime.

This scam involved a deal that sounded pretty good, but it cost a Central Indiana grandmother $1,100. She didn't want to be identified, but she's talking so it doesn't happen to you.

She received a call offering to cut her current cable bill by $60.

"They could lower my cable bill from $180 to $120 for two years," she said.

Looking to save money during this pandemic she found the offer plausible. The scammer said to get the deal she needed to pay using eBay cards, which drained her bank account of more than $1,100.

"I would tell them that they are miserable human beings to do this to anybody," she said.

eBay cards are good as gift cards from people you personally know, but anytime anyone you don't know wants you to pay using a gift card, you will be scammed.

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