BBB Scam Alert: Cash-strapped drivers scammed with fake gas gift cards

South San Francisco, CA July 1, 2022 Press Release

High gas prices draining your budget? Watch out for this con-

Even if high gas prices are draining your budget, don’t fall for this scam. Scammers are tempting drivers with phony gas station gift cards. It’s really a way to get your credit card details and other personal information.

Example of the scam

How this scam works

You see a post on social media, get an email, or take a survey that says you won a $500 gas station gift card. Currently, the scam claims to be from Shell, but watch out for scammers using different gas station brands too.
To get the gift card, you only need to pay a small fee. But when scammers get your credit or debit card information, they will likely charge your account for amounts you never approved. One consumer told BBB Scam Tracker: “They said I won a Shell gas card and had to pay $1.95 for shipping. A day later, they took $89.95 out of my account. I called about the charge, and they fixed it, but the next day, another $89.95 was taken out again.”

In addition to your credit card information, the scam may also request other personal details. Some consumers say they were asked to fill out a form and provide their name, phone number, physical address, credit card information, and other details. Sharing these details with scammers can open you up to identity theft.

How to avoid prize scams:

  • Never pay to win. No legitimate company will ask you to pay money to receive something you won or to get a free gift. If someone asks you to pay even a small fee to receive a prize, you’re probably dealing with a scammer.
  • Do your researchImpostor scams are common, so if a large company seems to be offering you a free gift, do some research first. Visit the company’s official website (by typing it into your web browser, not by following a link someone sent you) to see if they really are participating in some kind of giveaway.
  • Don’t act on impulse. Scammers are hoping you’ll get so excited about their offer that you won’t stop thinking about any suspicious details. Use your good judgment and question any offer that seems too good to be true.

 

For more information
Check out this article for examples of the scam and an official statement from Shell. For more helpful tips, see the BBB Tip: Sweepstakes, Lottery, and Prize Scams and read this tip about text message phishing scams.
If you’ve spotted a scam (whether or not you’ve lost money), report it to BBB Scam Tracker. Your report can help others avoid falling victim to scams. Learn how to spot a scam at BBB.org/SpotAScam.
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steve
steve
26 days ago

that is what you get when when you sign up for new green deal. proven it won’t work
the government not only here but around the world. trying to force the climate change
religion on everyone. does not look like those people can afford a Tesla. can’t even
afford $5 gas. just waiting for odd and even day’s like the late 70’s . stupid Biden