Save receipts after the purchase of a gift card. Consider taking a photo of your receipt. You can email that photo to yourself for record-keeping if you fear you may lose the receipt. If you fall victim to a scam, your receipt can validate the original ownership and value of the gift card. In addition, the company’s direct purchase of a gift card offers enhanced transaction information such as purchase location, activation and any use of the gift card.
If you receive a gift card, treat it like you would a debit card. Using a gift card quickly helps eliminate potential threats. Change the security code as quickly as possible to something unique only you will know. Check the company’s website to see if you can create an account. This feature can help protect your credit value as well as the risk of misplacement or theft. If available, register your gift card online with the company. Some large retailers realize the potential lost or stolen gift card and the opportunity to combine the balance of several cards onto one. At the same time, when you register your gift card, check for the availability to report a scam online through the retailer. Online fraud reporting will avoid a long wait on the phone to speak with the fraud department and easily save confirmation or claim numbers.
Taking a bit of extra caution with your gift cards this holiday season will help prevent gift card scams. Follow Pasco Sheriff’s Office social media pages for the latest updates and safety information. PSO wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!