Gift Card Fraud

Sometimes, chain emails go around that actually have truth in them. Recently I received an email that warned against Gift Card Fraud.

 

Well the crooks have found a way to rob you of your gift card balance.
If you buy Gift Cards from a display rack that has various store cards
you may become a victim of theft.  Crooks are now jotting down the card
numbers in the store and then wait a few days and call to see how much
of a balance THEY have on the card. Once they find the card is
activated, and then they go online and start shopping. You may want to
purchase your card from a customer service person, where they do not
have the Gift Cards viewable to the public. Please share this with all
your family and friends…

There are several news sites that list articles describing actual cases of this involving large chains. While some have made efforts to prevent this from happening (we can’t say for sure that it’s not possible). It certainly doesn’t hurt to purchase gift cards from customer service rather than off the rack.
Here’s to a fraud free Christmas.