You would never ignore a message from your boss, right? That’s exactly what scammers are counting on.
The FTC is warning people about a type of ‘boss scam’ where scammers trick employees into buying gift cards by pretending to be their supervisor. Fake boss scams have already cost U.S. companies billions of dollars, and this particular gift card version could be on the rise as so many employees continue to work remotely.
In this article, I’ll talk about the fake boss gift card scam, along with ways you and your business can protect yourself.
What is a fake boss scam?
A fake boss scam is a text or email scam in which fraudsters pretend to be a supervisor and request gift cards (or some other payment) to be sent to them, for a variety of made-up reasons.
Here’s how it works: