Mike Blum was tired of using his aging Apple iPhone 6s, so when he saw a promotion offered by Target last year that gave customers a free $20 Target gift card for every $100 in Apple gift cards purchased, he aimed his car at the Target bullseye. He purchased ten $50 Apple gift cards and received the bonus $100 Target card he was promised and planned on using them to buy a new iPhone.

Crooks wipe out ten $50 Apple gift cards minutes after they were activated at a Target store

Blum commented on his game plan and said, “I had an ailing iPhone 6s, and since it wasn’t going to be a viable trade-in, I knew I was eventually going to have to buy a new phone at full price, which, you know… iPhones are a lot of money. It’s a big purchase for me,” Blum said. “This seemed like a good way to cut down on the cost a bit.”

But there was a major problem that Blum was not yet aware of. It wasn’t until Apple released the iPhone 13 series this past September that he decided to buy his new iPhone. “To say I was beyond excited to finally get this…

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