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Gift Card Buyers Beware of Thieves

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Last minute shoppers beware, gift cards are an easy last minute present, but there's some things you should look out for. Last minute shoppers beware, gift cards are an easy last minute present, but there's some things you should look out for.

KENNEWICK, WA - Last minute shoppers beware, gift cards are an easy last minute present, but there's some things you should look out for.

People should be watching out for and avoiding gift cards that have already been spent. Thieves have been known for scratching off the security number and jotting it down then waiting until the card gets activated.

They check by calling the 1-800 number often and once someone buys the card they go on a shopping spree online with your money.

Experts recommend you should try picking cards toward the back of the card kiosk. It may also be safer to buy gift cards from locations that require you to ask a store attendant to get it for you, that way it is not accessible to the public and potential thieves.

"There's a scratch-off pin number and they want to make sure that those haven't been altered at all because those are security numbers that are unique to each card and if those are intact the card is safe." said Mike Ayers, Fred Meyer Store Director.

Finally another suggestion is to avoid buying gift cards from online auctions or web sites that offer discounted cards. You may want to stick with reputable retailers that have  a money back guarantee.

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