Don't Fall For This Scam!
The Village is aware that scammers have been sending emails posing as Village staff/the Village Board in order to get gift cards. If someone calls/emails you and demands that you pay them with gift cards, you can bet that a scammer is behind that call/email. Once they have the gift card number and the PIN, they have your money. Scammers may tell you many stories to get you to pay them with gift cards, but this is what usually happens:
- The caller/emailer says it’s urgent. The scammer says you have to pay right away or something terrible will happen. But you don’t, and it won’t.
- The caller/emailer usually tells you which gift card to buy. They might say to put money on an eBay, Google Play, Target, or iTunes gift card. They might send you to a specific store — often Walmart, Target, CVS, or Walgreens. Sometimes they say to buy cards at several stores, so cashiers won’t get suspicious. And, the caller might stay on the phone with you while you go to the store and load money onto the card. These are all signs of a scam.
- The caller/emailer asks you for the gift card number and PIN. The card number and PIN on the back of the card let the scammer get the money you loaded onto the card. And the scammer gets it right away.