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Gift Cards

Holiday shopping is hectic making gift cards tempting as an easy and convenient solution. However, before you grab a few gift cards here are some tips to ensure you enjoy your holiday gift giving. Did you know a common source of gift card fraud is from online auctions and classified ads?

Tips to consider:

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  • Buy directly from merchants you know and trust
  • Challenge any requirement for you to disclose personal information, like social security number or date of birth, with purchase
  • Immediately after purchase ask cashier to scan card to verify the card's value
  • Keep your receipt as proof of purchase and card's purchase value
  • Beware of emails and pop-ups offering free vouchers or gift cards
  • Read the fine print - some cards have extra fees and conditions
  • Don't buy publicly displayed gift cards with altered packaging or visible PIN numbers

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