If your boss emails you and asks you to send a gift card as a favor, it is a scam.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), scammers impersonate their victim's boss by either spoofing or hacking the boss's email account. In the email, the scammer claims to need the victim's help with a task such as an office surprise party, a company event, or an errand.
The scammer, claiming to be the person's boss, then asks the victim to help them out by paying them with gift cards, promising to pay the victim back later. However, once the victim shares the gift card number and PIN, the money is gone.
If you receive an unexpected email like this claiming to come from your boss, the FTC advises not paying for anything with a gift card. The FTC states, "Gift cards are for gifts, not payments. If anyone asks you to pay with a gift card, it's a scam."
The FTC also recommends calling your boss using their known number, not a number listed in the email, or someone else in the office if they cannot be reached.
If you see this type of scam, report it to the FTC at reportfraud.ftc.gov. Ari Lazarus "Your boss isn't emailing you about a gift card" www.consumer.ftc.gov (Sep. 08, 2021).