Just thought to share my pain
Bought an IKEA gift card. $500 face value for $400 from Gumtree. Met the guy in CBD 2 months ago and confirmed the value on the card at the time.
I paid him cash. I knew this was risky but tried to do the best due diligence I could. He refused a copy of ID, but reassured me. He was a nice mid 20's Asian international student.
Anyway, across the last 2 months since buying, I've been double checking the value in the gift card, pretty regularly (on IKEA official website). No dramas at all.
Today went to purchase something finally, and sure enough, value was $0.
Called IKEA. They can't help except advise that the balance was spent just 3 days ago!
Argh! I last checked the balance a week ago and everything was all good. And sure enough, when I go to call the original number of the guy I purchased from, it's disconnected now :(
Tldr. Got scammed $400 and I'm pretty sad tbh. It's my fault.