Scams Involving Gift Cards
Many scams involve the use of gift cards. The reason being that the money you put on gift cards is like cash -- once it's spent, you certainly can't get it back.
Gift cards are intended as gifts, not payments. Businesses, governmental agencies, jobs, and others will never ask for a gift card as a means of payment or donation if it is legitimate. Many fraudsters ask for gift cards because they are untraceable and can have immediate access to the funds.