An Apple Gift Card is a great gift idea. However, be careful not to get scammed when purchasing a gift card or give it to the wrong person. In particular, beware of scammers who try to contact you, either by message or phone, usually claiming to be an authorised person. We have prepared some points to bear in mind when buying and giving the Apple Gift Card. Read what you should do and what you should avoid in relation to the Apple Gift Card.
Find out what you should keep in mind and what you should avoid when buying, giving or using gift cards.
- If possible, register your card with the retailer. By doing so, it makes it easier to track and report any issues quickly.
- Carefully check for signs of tampering on any card you intend to buy from a shop. It’s safer to buy from stores where they keep gift cards behind the counter or, if they are sold on shelves, in properly sealed packages.
- Buy cards directly from the Apple shop or order them online from the Apple website. Cards on shop shelves can be counterfeit if they are not well packaged.
- If you paid the suspected fraudster, contact the retailer who issued the gift card immediately. If there is still money left on the card, you may be able to get it back. The card often has contact information on it.
- Do not give your personal information to anyone in exchange for a gift card.
- Avoid buying gift cards from online auctions. There is a high risk that the card being sold is counterfeit or stolen.
- Only scammers ask people to pay fees, overdue taxes or service bills with gift cards. Do not give gift card information to people claiming to be from businesses.
- Do not reply to messages or emails that offer a gift card.
- Scammers who call to ask for a gift card usually say they are from tech support, the government, claim to be a family member and are in an emergency, or they say that you have won a prize. They might even treat that something terrible will happen if you do not pay right away, but in reality nothing happens.
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