MEDIA ADVISORY: AG Brnovich & Arizona Food Marketing Alliance Partner on Program to Combat Gift Card Fraud

Media RSVP required  

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich and members of the Arizona Food Marketing Alliance (AFMA) are launching a new consumer fraud awareness program inside hundreds of neighborhood stores. Approximately 990 grocery and convenience stores throughout Arizona will have STOP signs at gift card displays, reminding customers that gift cards cannot be used to pay a government agency. Examples of the new program will be on display Wednesday morning at the Bashas' store below.

WHO: Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Bashas’ Communications Director Ashley Shick are available for interviews to discuss the program and how it will help bring awareness and protection to Arizona consumers.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 10, 2021, between 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Interviews will be scheduled to avoid overcrowding during the ongoing pandemic and ensuring adherence to CDC guidelines.

Media members must RSVP with Katie Conner, Director of Media Relations, at (602) 339-5895 or Katie.Conner@azag.gov.  

WHERE: Bashas’ Supermarket at 8035 East Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Masks will be required, and those in attendance will be asked to remain socially distanced.

WHY: To shed light on the growing problem of gift card scams in Arizona, especially a particularly prevalent scam involving government imposters who use aggressive threats to coerce consumers to pay off baseless debts with gift cards.