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Scammers Target Gift Cards

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LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) Gift cards are always a popular gift to give around the holidays, which has inspired scammers to target them and drain the cards of their value before you can even use them.

Heather Clary with the Better Business Bureau said that you do want to use the cards quickly. 

"There are reports around the country that each year, the con artists get more and more tech savvy and find ways to drain those cards of value before you’ve even taken it out of its container and used it," she said.

Thieves are going into stores, tampering with the packages, scratching off the codes, and then taking a picture. Some even have the equipment to scan the numbers right off of the cards.

"Check the packaging, make sure it's intact. Look inside and if there's anything that looks amiss, like it has been scratched off, instantly contact the retailer," she said.

The Better Business Bureau recommends trying to purchase cards from behind the register, assuring the store associate can always see them. If you do come across an issue, make sure to contact the retailer as soon as possible. 

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