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Missouri Secretary of State gift card scam warning


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Beware of anyone who asks you to pay for something with a gift card. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has renewed the warning after the Business Services Division in his office received several complaints.

The Secretary of State’s office says that some Missourians have misdialed the office’s toll-free number. They have been asked to pay for services using Walmart gift cards.

“We will never ask you to pay by using a gift card,” Ashcroft writes. “We have multiple forms of payment that our staff will direct you to use, including our e-payment system or by mail. Our fee schedule and any convenience fees are available on our website.”

For years, scammers have encouraged consumers to send money through legitimate businesses like Western Union and Moneygram. Recently, they have turned to gift cards as the latest method…

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