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Date:10/1/2014 4:17:29 PM
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Is your gift card going to be emptied before you even use it?

Gift cards sold off display racks at stores are becoming a hot target for scamsters around the country.

Consumerist.com reports there are a number of scams going on where crooks have found a way to steal value from gift cards before they're sold.

"Sometimes this means scratching off the area on the back of the card to reveal the code. It could also mean peeking down the sleeve of the card to read and record the number," the website reports.

Using these methods, the crooks are able to drain the money on those cards before they can be used by the recipient.

Worst of all, no one is taking responsibility. When the gift card giver or receiver contacts the retail store where the card was sold; or contacts the merchant which the card was for; suddenly, everyone washes their hands of it! The money is wiped out and the consumer is left stuck in the middle.

The warning here is clear as it can be: Do not buy gift cards from those multi-vendor racks at retail stores!

And as for retailers, why not consider moving the gift cards behind the customer service desk where they're less likely to be tampered with? SCREECH
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