iTunes cards? That’s so yesterday. Now scammers are demanding payments with Steam cards.

Who Is It Targeting: Consumers

What Is It: Scam that demands payment via an untraceable debit card

What Are They After: The public has been warned for some time not to purchase iTunes gift cards to pay taxes, fines, fees, bail money, and other issues. Now, new reports are circulating that criminals are still using their same scam tactics but that they are also adding Steam prepaid debit cards to the mix. Steam is an online gaming platform.

How Can You Avoid It:

  • Never pay a caller who reaches out to you and claims you owe money; when in doubt, hang up and call the company yourself using a verified contact number.
  • Never make a payment to anyone who claims you can only pay via an untraceable method, like wire transfers, prepaid debit cards, or gift cards.
  • If you have already made the payment, take the physical card you purchased and your receipt to your local police station to file a report.

Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from Steam Customer Service.

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530.