KENNEWICK, Wash.- Gift cards, they are one of the most popular gifts this holiday season, but they could leave you victims of fraud.

People are walking into stores, scratching the security covers off of gift cards like these, then recording the card numbers, then putting them right back on the shelves for consumers to buy.

The gift cards are activated when someone buys them, so the scammers wait a few days, then go online and make purchases using your card.

The Better Business Bureau says to look out before buying a card.

"Look at the card and make sure that there's no, that the card has not been tampered with. Some of the cards have a seal on the back that's like the security code, a pin number, that the scammers will scratch off," said Norma Miller, with the BBB. 

If you think you may have been a victim of scammers, there are a few steps you can take.

First, go back to the store the card is from, hopefully get you your money back.

Finally, call the authorities to report the incident.

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