The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department has recently noticed an increase in residents reporting they have been scammed. While the type of scams vary, one common factor is that the scammer claims to be a representative from a business. The scammer then requests payment through a gift card (Apple Pay, Google Play, Playstation, iTunes, Etc.) for an alleged unpaid bill or debt.
Please know that a utility company or legitimate business would never ask you to pay by gift card. If you are asked to purchase a gift card to pay for a service - do NOT do it! If you buy a gift card and someone uses it, it is highly unlikely you will get your money back.
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