If you start getting emails from someone you know asking you to buy an Apple, Amazon (or any other) gift card or token, it could easily be a scam.
Clues to look out for are:
- an email address that is different from the one your friend or colleague normally uses
- a subject title similar to ‘A favour to ask’ or ‘Have you a moment?’
- asking you to send them a photograph of the card
If you are unsure, check with your friend by ringing them up – don’t reply to the email! If it is a scam, tell them to change their email password and let the other people in their contacts list know they may be sent a scam message.
For more details:
There’s a regularly updated list of the latest scams here: