Experts warn of scams involving prepaid gift cards
The caller said all he had to do was buy $480 in eBay gift cards. Prepaid gift cards are being requested in several different types of scams, including government employee impersonation scams, secret shopper scams and puppy scams. The Better Business Bureau scam tracker showed that Americans lost nearly $3 million involving payments with prepaid gift cards in 2020. “Whenever you purchase a prepaid gift card, unfortunately it’s just like cash, you can’t get that money back,” Blankenship said. Click here for more information on prepaid gift card scams.
Michigan State Police hands out gift cards at Kroger in Commerce Township
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Michigan State Police and Kroger teamed up on Wednesday to give shoppers a Christmas surprise of gift cards in Commerce Township. An MSP trooper dressed as The Grinch and roamed through the store handing out $4,000 worth of gift cards. Watch the report in the video above. View more: Community news
Don’t get scammed: If you plan to trade, resell a gift card make sure you do your research first
DETROIT – Gift cards are one of the most popular items to give or receive this time of year. Reselling or trading the gift card that might not be right for you could create some big problems if you don’t do your homework. A gift card reselling company based in Texas is under investigation because some people say they were duped. “A lot of con-artists out there are going to calling, emailing, looking for your personal information. They don’t need you personal information, they don’t need your bank account numbers.
This is the gift to get the foodie in your life
I know for others, especially my friends in the restaurant industry, this year has been very tough. That’s why my family and I decided we would try to buy all of our Christmas gifts from locally owned shops. 🤣As a foodie, this year I am requesting gift cards to local restaurants. These restaurants have supported our local sports teams, donated to our kids fundraisers, been the site of many of our celebrations. So if you are in a position to help, give someone a gift card to their favorite local restaurant.
Novi police officers hand out gift cards instead of tickets for minor infractions during holiday season
NOVI, Mich. – One of the things becoming a holiday tradition is police departments finding ways to give back during the holiday season. One example, is officers looking the other way for minor infractions and handing out gift cards instead of tickets. Novi police officers Adam McGee, Samantha Grockau, and John Corder have been doing things a little different lately. As long as the infraction is minor, when they pull people over, instead of a ticket they get a $30 gift card. READ: More community coverageThe officers said that most people get nervous and when they find out they’re getting a gift card, they smile.
‘We need help.’ Ann Arbor business owners sound alarm as winter approaches
ANN ARBOR – With no sign of the coronavirus pandemic slowing down in Michigan, business owners across the state are staring down a long and uncertain winter. According to Destination Ann Arbor, football weekends back in 2013 brought in more than $80 million from visitors alone for local hotels, restaurants and retail. A report in May by EntryPoint found that 97% of Ann Arbor businesses were impacted by the pandemic with 48% of those located in the downtown area. The downtown Ann Arbor store has taken numerous precautions to keep employees and customers safe. “If you pull Zingerman’s out of Ann Arbor, I’m not saying the town will fold up, but it will be a pretty impactful move.
Here are 4 ways to treat yourself and help Ann Arbor businesses
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been hard on local businesses, but it has also impacted Ann Arbor community members. Here are four ways to treat yourself while supporting Ann Arbor businesses:Take a classIf you are refreshed by new knowledge, improve a skill or learn something new with a virtual class. If youre looking for something active, Ann Arbor Rec & Ed, Ann Arbor YMCA and many area gyms and fitness studios offer online classes. Main Street Ann Arbor made a list of Main Street stores that are offering gift cards if you dont know where to start. Related: Here are 4 cider mills near Ann Arbor to put you in the fall spirit
Help dad look good when he hits the road this Fathers Day
This article is sponsored by Jax Kar Wash. This week we are celebrating dads as we prepare for Fathers Day on Sunday, June 21st. Jax Kar Wash is also implementing a fogger that they will spray into your car to get rid of viruses and bacteria. A great gift for Dad would be a gift card to Jax Kar Wash. For more gift ideas for Fathers Day visit jaxkarwash.comWatch the video to learn more about Jax Kar Wash cleaning services.