Beware of gift card scams | H. Dennis Beaver | Columnists


My paralegal Anne buzzed me:

“Dennis, you have readers from Palm Springs on the line, 90-year-old mom and her 55-year-old son. He is trying to prevent her from sending money to scammers using a gift card.”

That call could not have come at a better time, as I had just interviewed attorney Matthew du Mée, chief counsel in the Consumer Litigation Unit of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office about this very issue – gift card scams.

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