There’s gift card scams you need to be aware of, since most of us are buying more this holiday season. Here are the two newest
- Crooks obtain legitimate gift cards from store shelves and "surgically remove" the glue that covers the cards’ bar codes. Then they record the PINs, re-conceal the bar codes with glue and return the cards to store shelves. When the money is loaded on the card, it goes straight to the thieves. IF you get a zero dollar gift card, tell the person who gave it to you.
- Thieves take the gift cards, heat up these envelopes to where they can open them as carefully as they can, remove the card and actually cut the top of the card off, then return it to the store completely resealed. They are effectively stealing your money the second it’s activated by doing this. To thwart this, open the card with the cashier and verify the barcode is there.