Gift Cards are a popular form of payment requested by scammers, so it’s worth being extra careful if someone you don’t know offers to pay you for buying a gift card in any context. Scammers use different tactics to get victims to fall for their schemes. In some cases, they can be friendly, sympathetic and seem willing to help. In others, they use fear tactics to persuade a victim. Typically, scammers disguise themselves as a reputable company or family member and request payment in the form of gift cards.
Important: Neither the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) nor any other government agency will ever request payment over the phone in the form of a gift card. These agencies have said so in their own warnings against scammers.