East Hartford police warn of rising gift card scam incidents

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EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Police Department issued a community alert warning residents about an increase in gift card scams.

Local authorities have received numerous reports of scammers targeting community members, posing as government officials or attorneys.

These fraudsters claim there is an outstanding warrant for a loved one, coercing victims to make payments using gift cards.

The police department stresses that no legitimate agency, including the East Hartford Police, will ever ask for payments via gift cards.

They urge the public to remain vigilant and not to engage with these deceptive calls or messages.

Residents who encounter such scams are encouraged to report the incidents to the East Hartford Police Department immediately.

The department emphasizes the importance of staying informed and exercising caution to prevent falling victim to these fraudulent schemes.

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