December 19 2019

Authorities Warn of Gift Card Scam


Gift cards can be a good option for the people on your list that are difficult to shop for but you have to ensure the funds are going to the right place. 

Authorities are warning about a gift card barcode scam that has been reported across the country this holiday season. 

How it works is that scammers are printing out barcodes for gift cards they own and sticking them to unpurchased gift cards in stores. When someone picks the gift card and uses their money to put funds onto it the money is actually being loaded on the scammer’s card and not onto the card in hand. 

So what can you do to protect yourself from these scams? Police have a couple of tips: 

- Check the back of the gift card before you buy it and look for any signs of tampering. 

- Make sure the barcode is visible through the packaging. 

- Make sure the barcode matches the code on the packaging.


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