Protect Yourself and Loved Ones from Gift Card Scams this Holiday Season

December 11, 2019

Download Google's guide of common Google Play gift card scams

Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by knowing how to spot gift card scams

As we approach the holiday season, we want to bring attention to the dangers of gift card scams and lift up how our communities can identify and protect themselves against such fraud. Bad actors may target our communities for fraud through phone, email, in-person engagement, or online activities. Last year, AARP released survey findings that showed 72% of Asian American elders and their families were targeted by fraud. We wanted to share Google’s PSA on identifying and protecting yourself against gift card scams. Because Google Play gift cards are so easy to use, some bad actors request them as an alternative payment method in sophisticated scam scenarios. As trusted messengers in your communities, please consider sharing this information with your communities through your programs, newsletters, and in-language outreach.