Holiday Shopping Alert: Gift Card Scams

Thieves can easily scratch off security strips that cover PINs on gift cards and replace them with stickers after they record the card number and PIN information.
1:04 | 12/20/16

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We're back with that alert about gift cards and thieves. Becky Worley is here with the new warnings and, Becky, tell us what happens. What's the scam and how do people protect themselves. It all hinges on these scratch-off security strips that cover up the P.I.N. Numbers. You know once P.I.N. Numbers are exposed anybody can redeem the card. A scratched gift card is probably no good. But there's one problem. These are replacement scratch-off stickers I purchased online for just $7. To illustrate how this works. We shot video at a nearby drugstore. Pulled a gift card off the rack, detached the backing. I could have scratched off the security strip and recorded the card number and the P.I.N. And then I could have put that replacement security sticker I bought online on to the card making it look pristine. A thief would then go home, periodically check to see if someone had bought it and loaded it up and as soon as they saw it had money on it, they would drain that card. Wow. That is incredible. I mean that's so good to know as we buy so many gift cards for the holidays. Thank you very much, Becky. We appreciate it.

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