CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When you have a list of loved ones, helpers, teachers, or people you want to thank, a great option for those special people is for you to buy them a gift card. However, if you are shopping around to get a rock bottom deal on gift cards, you my want to make sure you don't end up with a bad deal.
The Internet is a great place to do get fabulous deals and you can buy based on your schedule but there are some pitfalls. Earlier this year, 40,000 people were tricked a bogus gift card scam offering a free $1000 Ikea gift card.
WBTV's Cyber Expert, Theresa Payton says its easy to spot and avoid these scams.
People are getting ripped off and there are 2 losers: the person buying the card and the person getting a bogus gift card.
How to spot a scam:
Behind the Internet Gift Card Scams:
What the Scam Might Do:
How To Avoid Being A Victim:
If you believe you are a victim of buying bogus gift cards through an internet scam, please contact:
The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center: http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx
The Federal Trade Commission: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
Samples of Fakes:
All Facebook shows a bogus Whole Foods card at: http://www.allfacebook.com/facebook-scam-alert-500-whole-foods-card-is-fake-2010-04
Fake offer for a free $1,000 WalMart Gift card:
There are many great sources of information to help you avoid internet scams, we have highlighted a few of them here:
Better Business Bureau tracks complaints of scams: http://easternnc.bbb.org/bbb-news/
Scam busters: www.scambusters.org
Word of the week: www.crowdstorm.com