Don’t pay for a car with Amazon gift cards. Ever.

We’ve written before about scammers who trick people into paying with iTunes gift cards. The latest? They’re asking people to pay for big online purchases — like cars, motorcycles, boats, RVs and tractors — with Amazon gift cards.

Posing as sellers, scammers say they need to sell a car fast — maybe they’re in the military or about to deploy. They tell you to pay with an Amazon gift card.

Don’t do it. Amazon gift cards aren’t a way to pay someone — you can only use them at Amazon.com. So if someone asks you to pay with an Amazon gift card, it’s a scam. If you share the code from an Amazon gift card with someone, you’re giving that person control of the money on the card. By the time you realize it’s a scam and report it, the money will likely be gone.

Scammers also might ask you to use Amazon gift cards to pay for electronics, taxes, bail money, debts, or utility or cable bills. Or they might ask you to pay with iTunes gift cards, PayPal, or reloadable cards like MoneyPak, Reloadit, or Vanilla, or by money transfers through services like Western Union or MoneyGram. If you tell someone the code from any of those cards, or send a wire transfer, you probably won’t get your money back.

If you gave someone the code from an Amazon gift card, log into your Amazon account and contact Amazon Customer Service, or call them at 1-888-280-4331. Tell them what happened and ask if they can disable the card. If you hear from someone who wants you to pay with an Amazon gift card, don’t do it and report it to the FTC.

For more about avoiding scams, read 10 Ways to Avoid Fraud.

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Comments

I always thought gift cards stopped at about $100. I just looked up gift cards on Amazon and was blown away to find they go as high as $2,000. Wow! I never knew. I understand better now how this scam can work.

I found these gift card scams on laptops in Amazon. I started calling Amazon to complain but the scammers kept showing up a new sellers. I worked for a month to get Amazon to get rid of these people but they still kept showing up. I don't know why Amazon isn't more pro-active in dealing with scams that are so obvious but probably still get too many people to give them their money.

Thank you for this very important information.

Somehow this doesn't not surprise me but I have good reason to catch the 'Amazon' related mention.

Over this holiday, an imposter posed as an AT&T Rep offering a bundle deal. In order to get the deal, we were asked to pay two months up front, purchase an Amazon gift card in the amount of $300, call them back and pay over the phone using the gift card. WE DID NOT COMPLY!

I was scammed in June last year with DirectTV and Amazon. I got caught because the scammers new my account number from DirectTV. They told me that it was a promotion of Amazon, and if i bought a $ 300 card from Amazon, i would get 6 months free DirectTV and a $ 100 Visa card from Amazon. They asked me to purchase the card from any store, which i did. When i realized that i was scammed, i called DirectTV, not much help from them. Then I called Amazon, having kept the card, to trace where the card was used. The reply from Amazon was that they can only trace cards bought by them. So there you are.....

Another scammer recently appeared is parkasen.   com The website looks like A outlet store for "Canada Goose" coats, it is in fact a scammer to steal people credit card money. They use seasonal winds.  com to get the money.

It should be a scam alone if anyone tells you to pay for something using a gift card that doesn't even relate to the company that owns the gift card be it Amazon, iTunes, or any others in that matter.

This is the stupidest thing I've ever read. It pretty much stated if you pay for something, you will not get your money back, and somehow this is a scam?

It's no different than sending somebody money through paypal and then realizing they were never going to give you the item in the first place. It's not the payment methods fault, it was your own stupidity.

I THINK IT WOULD BE ADVISABLE TO REPLACE A CREDIT CARD AND NUMBER EVERY 6 MONTHS IF THEY CAN SO EASILY GET RECORDS..

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