SPRING TWP., Pa. — Berks County police are warning people about other scams involving gift cards.
“The number of victims varies from 20 years old to 70, 80 years old,” said Det. sergeant. Robert Long, Spring Township Police Department.
The ministry received a few reports over the weekend of people being scammed. They were told that they would receive a 50% discount on Comcast service over the next two years if they provided gift cards.
“We see this happen often with scams,” Long said. “Gift cards are used in a multitude of different scams, from Facebook Marketplace to IRS Authority scams.”
He said scammers use gift cards because they are hard to track and can get cash very quickly.
“They usually transfer through 1, 2, 3 different accounts, sometimes to Crypto currency,” Long explained, “which makes it increasingly difficult to know where the money actually went and where these calls are coming from. “
Many types of scams tend to target the most vulnerable populations who may not have a lot of money, and Long said it’s often impossible to recover lost funds. Arrests are also unlikely.
“It’s usually not someone we can identify,” Long said.
He added that the best thing people can do is be aware. His department and several others organize seminars and always try to inform the public.
“No one will ever ask you to pay fines or fees in gift cards, or Comcast will ask you to buy gift cards to get a discount on their rate,” Long warned. “If it sounds too good to be true, it’s too good to be true. It’s the result of all these scams.”