Gift card scams are a serious issue for major retailers and their customers. We’ve put together information highlighting how to identify and report the most common gift card scams.
The number one tip to remember is that no legitimate transaction will ever require you to pay specifically with gift cards. The Home Depot gift cards can only be used at The Home Depot stores or on homedepot.com. The Home Depot gift cards cannot be used to purchase other prepaid or specialty gift cards. Government agencies (IRS, Treasury Department, FBI, Social Security Administration, local police departments, etc.) will not accept any gift cards as payment and will not ask you to purchase gift cards for any reason.
Other businesses do not accept payments in the form of The Home Depot gift cards. For example, you should never be asked to pay utility bills, bail, debt or hospital bills with The Home Depot gift cards. Any request asking for gift cards as payment is a scam.
Common Gift Card Scams
Be wary of any payment requests through unexpected phone calls or unsolicited emails.