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BBB Says Use Caution When Checking Gift Card Balance

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Posted at 4:22 PM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 16:22:22-05

INDIANAPOLIS — If you receive an email offering you to help check your gift card balances, do not click on it, was the Better Business Bureau.

Scammers are using websites to get you card number, pin number and drain your account.

The BBB says you may also stumble upon one of the websites by searching online.

They've offered the following tips to avoid gift card balance scams:

  • Go to the retailer's website: If you need to check a gift card balance, go to the site listed on the back of the card itself. If there is none, go to the website of the company and look for a link to the gift card page.
  • Use gift cards right away: A good way to avoid scams and other issues is to simply use gift cards soon after you receive them.
  • Examine the gift card before buying: Before purchasing a gift card, be sure to give it a thorough look to make sure the PIN isn't exposed, or the packaging hasn't been tampered with.
  • Register your gift card with the retailers: If the retailer allows the option to register your gift card, take full advantage. registering your gift card makes it easier to keep track of any misuse ocurring, that way you can report it sooner and potentially end up saving the money that is stored.

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