Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has issued a consumer alert about scammers utilizing gift cards to commit fraud against consumers, and in particular senior citizens, following an uptick of complaints received by his office.

Schneiderman says his office would partner with the Retail Council of New York State and AARP to adopt measures to protect customers from and educate them about common scams that utilize gift cards. Generally the scammers provide instructions that enable them to obtain funds from the victim.