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Receipt Scams

Scammers those who are operating with different identities are using sophisticated methods to hijack the personal and financial details of the public. They will interfere at an appropriate time and swindle the money deposited by the public without their knowledge. At times, these intelligent scammers will build a mind blowing strategy before attacking the innocent victim and skillfully swindle the money. Public have to cleverly handle these types of criminal networks and inform the cyber crime cell when they receive scamming mails from the perpetrators. Scams and frauds related to gift were

Beware of Receipt Scams
hitting the headlines recently. This is not an ordinary scam and is somewhat a hi-tech scam where the scammers will use modern technologies to loot the money from the public. Scammers will enter the prominent retail outlets with a magnetic strip scanner and will remove some of the gift cards from the shelf. They will replace the cards back into the shelf after copying the unique numbers that are shown in the gift cards. When the real customers purchase the gift cards from the shelves the retailers will immediately charge them with real money. Scammers will get the details about the cards that are charged and will siphon off the balance that is available in the gift cards. You should follow the below guidelines before purchasing gifting cards from the retail outlets or online shopping portals
  • Stay away from online auction sites
  • Purchase gift cards directly from the stores that is issuing gift cards
  • Examine both the front as well as back side of the gift cards before purchasing
  • Request the cashier to scan the gift card in front of you
  • Dial the gift card company and ask the balance that is available in the gift cards
  • Do not provide pin number, passwords, social security number, date of birth and other such personal details to any third parties or strangers
  • Do not purchase gift cards that are sold on the racks of the shops
  • Inform to the shopkeeper if some unknown person is watching all your activities
Scams related to payment receipt are also becoming very popular. Scammers will prepare payment receipts which will look like original receipts of some of the branded companies. After preparing the stamped payment receipts they will send it to various mails and request the people to claim the additional payment done in these companies. Innocent people will open the mail of the scammers and will follow their instructions. They will be directed to illegitimate website which will also look like a popular website. This website will prompt the public to provide all the financial and personal details like credit card number, pin number, validity and other such details. When the public provides the information on the website the scammers will immediately hijack the personal details and siphon off the money. Public those who are receiving these types of mails should never reply to these scammers and open the websites that are created by them. They should check the authenticity of the sender and also perform serious background checks. If they find that these are phishing mails from the scamming world they should immediately report it to police or other revenue authorities. Scams related to duplicate receipts, card receipts and cash back receipts are also becoming famous on the internet.

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