Rochester man falls for Amazon gift card scam

(ABC 6 News) – A 44-year-old Rochester man reported another phone scam to police Tuesday.

The man told officers he received a call from someone pretending to investigate a fraud or debt case from Amazon, who told the man he needed to buy Xbox gift cards to settle the case.

The man bought $150 in Xbox gift cards and supplied the codes on the back to the scammer, then bought another $400 in Apple Pay cards and gave the scammer those numbers as well.

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He apparently realized the call was a scam on Tuesday, and reported the call to police then.

“Again,” Capt. Casey Moilanen said, “If someone’s calling and asking for gift cards, it’s a scam — no doubt about it.”

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Moilanen said people who get calls from phone scammers should hang up immediately and report the number to the Federal Trade Commission by hitting the “Report Fraud” tab at the upper right corner of and entering the information they have.