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New state law aims to prevent gift card scams

Victims can report gift card scams to the New York state Attorney General's Office, Federal Trade Commission or local law enforcement.

News 12 Staff

May 25, 2023, 11:55 PM

Updated 422 days ago

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There were over 48,000 reports of fraud by gift cards in the United States during 2022, and New York is looking to fight back against these scams with new legislation.  
The law, which goes into effect on June 20, will require business owners to hang signs in their establishments that warns shoppers against the gift card scam risks.  
The Department of State did not say if there is any research suggesting that these signs may prevent these scams, but say that it’s a part of their prevention plan to protect those targeted by these scams.  
While the Federal Trade Commission says it’s unlikely that people scammed by these means won’t get their money back, they urge anyone to report the scam to them. Victims of these scams can also report it to the New York State Attorney General's Office and their local law enforcement.  
Businesses that do not hang up the signs will face a fine up to $1,000. 


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