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Gift Card Scams on the rise, (Wed, Jan 2nd)

Most people are very helpful and try to be good neighbors and citizens.  This is even more prevalent with the holiday season.  There are those who take advantage of the season and people’s helpfulness in order to scam them out of money.  One that is hitting right now, with a very targeted approach, are gift card scams.  These have not just occurred during the holidays, but there are more reports of them occurring during the season of giving.  The flow of the scam is generally the same for most of these that are being reported.  An individual is targeted by someone purporting to be their management from higher up in the chain of command.  The request is usually via email with a urgent demand for the purchase of gift cards to give to clients.  The attacker has done their research to learn the personnel that work in the particular office.  Here is an example of one of the scams that was submitted to us by Keegan Mills.  The names have been changed/obfuscated in the incident.

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