Avoid Google Play gift card scams

Scammers use different ways to trick people into providing Google Play gift cards. They ask for gift cards in exchange for taxes, bail money, debt collection, physical items like cars, and more.

You can only use Google Play gift cards to make purchases, like apps and music, on Google Play.

Google Play gift cards aren’t refundable unless required by law. Learn more about refund policies.

Protect yourself from gift card scams

  • Never use Google Play gift cards to pay for anything outside Google Play.
  • Never share the code on the back of the gift card.

Take action if you suspect a scam

You might be the target of a scam if you’re asked to:

  • Use Google Play gift cards to pay for something outside Google Play. It’s a violation of our Terms of Service to use gift cards this way.
  • Share the code on the back of your gift card.

Report the scam

Do not respond to the scammer. Instead, immediately report the scam to your local police department.

You can also report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission.

Common scam example

Here’s a common scenario: a scammer asks you to buy Google Play gift cards from the nearest retailer. After you buy them, the scammer asks for the code on the back of the card or an image of it.

If you provide the code, the scammer can use all the money on the gift card. They’ll likely spend it all before you can contact Google or the police.

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