Google Play gift card scams


We normally issue our Fraud Alerts at the beginning of each month, but we are hearing so much about this trend that we wanted to flag it for our readers in advance of Black Friday, when so many of us will be going online to do our holiday shopping.

We have received hundreds of complaints from consumers about a variety of scams that all had one thing in common: payment requested by the scammer via gift cards. Particularly Google Play gift cards.

Unfortunately, by the time we hear from consumers, most of them have already sent the money -- never to see it again -- and the average losses reported in such cases were $1,937.

Read our newest alert to learn more about the scam and how to avoid it.