The AARP Fraud Watch Network has issued a warning to older Americans of a gift card scam where criminals are posing as clergy and asking people to help the less fortunate. Seth Boffelli with the AARP Fraud Watch Network says that this type of scam has become more common during the pandemic.
Boffeli says gift cards have become the currency of choice for scammers, in part because churches routinely collect gift cards at Thanksgiving and other holidays for struggling families. Boffeli says the best way to protect yourself is to not engage if you receive a text or email. You also can call your place of worship, and let them know someone is posing as clergy so the rest of the congregation can be warned.