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Hey all, possibly strange item for sale, but someone I know got scammed into buying 3 x $500 Google Play gift cards. They realized it was a scam before sending the codes to the person, but now they are stuck with $1500 in Google play cards they will never use as they can't be used on physical items. Of course since gift cards, they can't be returned.

Willing to take $400 per card if anyone is interested. If this is not allowed in this thread, please let me know and I'll delete.

A shame they can't be used in Google Store for a pixel or something.

Rainsmercy wrote:

Hey all, possibly strange item for sale, but someone I know got scammed into buying 3 x $500 Google Play gift cards. They realized it was a scam before sending the codes to the person, but now they are stuck with $1500 in Google play cards they will never use as they can't be used on physical items. Of course since gift cards, they can't be returned.

Willing to take $400 per card if anyone is interested. If this is not allowed in this thread, please let me know and I'll delete.

I'd see if this can get run up the flag pole with someone, either the store they bought them from or Google. Someone has got to take pity on your friend.

Best Buy where they bought the cards said no, the cashier asked the person multiple times if they were sure because of all the scams. I doubt Google would do anything, on their site they even warn about scammers. 15 other people in the person's company got hit with the same email from the president of the company and they have no idea why those particular people were targeted. Just trying to help the person recoup some losses.

I'd still hammer away at Best Buy. That's messed up.

Rainsmercy wrote:

15 other people in the person's company got hit with the same email from the president of the company and they have no idea why those particular people were targeted.

Oh, man! Someone tried the same scam on my workplace today.

Was the scam to pay for something via gift cards?

Chairman_Mao wrote:

Was the scam to pay for something via gift cards?

In the version my co-workers got, "the president of the company" asks you to buy gift cards for the office Christmas party. I'm not sure how they were supposed to get to the scammer.

I have posted the story in the loathe thread so as not to clog this thread up any further but yah, that is the same story that happened to my person.

I can't believe they sell it in $500 increments. I had thought $100 was the max. I have a couple subscription services through them so I might be interested in one. I just have to check to see if I could possibly spend that much on the play store.

They have ones that have no denomination printed on them that you can set for anywhere from $5-$500.

Update: 2 Google Play cards left @$400 each, worth $500. These can be used for any digital item on Google Play including HBO, Starz and other streaming services.

Rainsmercy, this is 1000% in my work wheelhouse. I can't go into specifics, but I spend a lot of time dealing with scams like this and am working on making these scams harder to get off the ground. I strongly recommend the victim complain to your state's attorney general. (I'd also be curious to know, what state?) I am encouraged to hear that Best Buy actually warned the consumer about this being a possible scam, it's too bad that wasn't effective in this case. But if this person was the victim of a scam and also didn't actually spend the money on this gift certificate, Best Buy really should be willing to refund the money. I'd encourage them not to claim or sell the gift cards for as long as possible in the hopes a refund will be possible. A letter from the consumer's attorney general's office notifying Best Buy of the situation should have decent odds of correcting this, in my experience.

I would also hope if this was work related that the employer would get involved to compensate.

mrlogical wrote:

Rainsmercy, this is 1000% in my work wheelhouse. I can't go into specifics, but I spend a lot of time dealing with scams like this and am working on making these scams harder to get off the ground. I strongly recommend the victim complain to your state's attorney general. (I'd also be curious to know, what state?) I am encouraged to hear that Best Buy actually warned the consumer about this being a possible scam, it's too bad that wasn't effective in this case. But if this person was the victim of a scam and also didn't actually spend the money on this gift certificate, Best Buy really should be willing to refund the money. I'd encourage them not to claim or sell the gift cards for as long as possible in the hopes a refund will be possible. A letter from the consumer's attorney general's office notifying Best Buy of the situation should have decent odds of correcting this, in my experience.

We are in Minnesota and just voted in a new Attorney General.

The scam victim should fill out this form. Your new AG hasn't taken office yet, but it shouldn't meaningfully effect the folks who work on these forms. I don't have any specific knowledge of the MN Attorney General's Office's effectiveness or practices on these forms, but I would guess they would likely handle this the way we do--a formal letter on AGO letterhead, to Best Buy's corporate office, saying a consumer has alleged you have engaged in this bad practice, we have assigned this complaint case number XXXXXXX, please review this complaint and explain to us what steps you plan to take to address it. For legitimate companies, when receiving a complaint like this from an AG's office, particularly where a consumer can plausibly receive a refund and return the merchandise in its original condition, there's a good chance the company will write back and say "actuallly, we're great, we did everything right and are entitled to keep this money, but just as a courtesy we'll give this consumer their money back." It's far from guaranteed they'll get a positive result, but a solid chance for sure.

Thanks, she is filling it out.

Fingers crossed, I'll be very interested to hear what happens!

Rainsmercy wrote:

Update: 2 Google Play cards left @$400 each, worth $500. These can be used for any digital item on Google Play including HBO, Starz and other streaming services.

I hope you haven't given that code out already...

No, have not, the person who had offered to buy the code was very understanding, told me about the message from mrlogical and said to wait to see if the info from mrlogical helped us first.

Yeah one hopes that BB when consulted with the options of AG and publicity would back down. Also going public with it or attempting to get to the top of Best Buy corp would go miles one would think. Seems to always work when people write my bosses. sh*t hits the fan and everyone jumps to make illogical conclusions to make leadership happy.

I have a gift copy of Offworld Trading Company with Almanac DLC and Contraption Maker free for anyone who wants it. PM away.

RG Ninja wrote:

The World Ends With You for Switch. $43 shipped.

Sold

Anyone by chance have a gently used Samsung phone that supports Sam pay they'd be willing to part with for ~$100? My s8+ decided it was jealous of the Apple X notch and acquired one of its own, albeit on the side rather than the top (along with some really sleek cracks in the glass). Looking for a hold over until the s10 launches next year.

Edit: problem solved for now!

WTS:

Cleaning out some games. All prices include shipping and all items are in like new condition unless other noted.

PS4:
Horizon Zero Dawn - $8.00 Sold
Resident Evil 7 - $12.00 Sold
Red Dead Redemption 2 (With DLC) - $40.00 Sold
Yakuza 0 - $14.00 Sold

Xbox One:
Red Dead Redemption 2 (New/Sealed) - $45.00 Sold
Rise of the Tomb Raider - $8.00
Quantum Break - $5.00
Resident Evil 7 - $12.00
Final Fantasy XV (Very good condition) - $8.00 Sold
Final Fantasy XIII (Good condition) - $5.00 Sold
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Good condition, comes in generic GameStop case) - $5.00 Sold
Final Fantasy XIII-Lightning Returns (Good condition) - $5.00 Sold

Chairman_Mao wrote:

Anyone by chance have a gently used Samsung phone that supports Sam pay they'd be willing to part with for ~$100? ... Looking for a hold over until the s10 launches next year.

On what network?

Kurrelgyre wrote:
Chairman_Mao wrote:

Anyone by chance have a gently used Samsung phone that supports Sam pay they'd be willing to part with for ~$100? ... Looking for a hold over until the s10 launches next year.

On what network?

T-Mobile, but impatience got the best of me and went with something I found on eBay that should tide me over. Will update my post above.

Edit: Gone, gave it to my daughter.

So this is a bit of an odd one. My parents in law want a Wii to play Wii Sports on. So I'm wondering if anyone is looking to sell their gently used (I won't be able to trouble shoot it if something breaks) Wii + Wii Sports + two controllers with nunchuks for less than $100. Hopefully this is a reasonable query.

WTB

Nintendo Switch games

Looking for pretty much all the exclusives and first party stuff.

Super Mario Odyssey
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario + Rabbits
Xenoblade 2
Kirby Star Allies
Splatoon 2
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze