This comprehensive campaign highlights the most common gift card scam scenarios in a series of absurd and hyperbolic videos to show that if the stories scammers use sound unbelievable, it’s because they are. The dramatized films focus on today’s most popular scams: “your relative’s in jail”, “you owe the government money”, “your computer’s been hacked”, “you’re pre-approved for a loan”, and “it’s your boss – I need you to buy gift cards ASAP.”

All the films can be viewed at scamspotter.org/unbelievablestories.

Today, scams are more prevalent than many realize, and have evolved far beyond the improbable “Nigerian Prince” call, as the fraud industry surpasses $3.3 billion annually. Scammers prey on fear, and catch people when their guard is down by using more intimate channels of communication, like a direct message on social media. They succeed by fabricating “urgent” situations, igniting a sense of panic so that their victims feel like they need to act immediately without a chance to stop and think. Afterward, people often feel overwhelmed with embarrassment and they don’t report or talk about how they were scammed, leaving others vulnerable to fall for the same scenario.

2021 is on track to be the worst year yet for gift card scams. The most common gift card scams include government imposter, family or friend emergency, business imposter, tech support, romance scams, and good news scams like a prize or sweepstakes. While baby boomers tend to lose more money per scam on…

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