PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Thinking about buying a gift card? There’s a scam involving gift cards you should know about.READ MORE: Police: Missing 2-Year-Old Byron McDonald Found Safe, Alleged Abductor Connected To Recent Homicides Of Boy's Mother, Grandmother
Authorities call it “gift card draining.”Dianna Brice Murder: Arrest Warrant Issued For Justin Smith In Connection To Murder Of 21-Year-Old Pregnant Girlfriend
They say thieves take the cards off the rack, write down the numbers and scratch off the strips on the back to get the security codes.
The thieves then put replacement strips and wait for someone to buy the card and load it.Flyers Sign Forward Scott Laughton To Five-Year Contract Extension
Retail experts recommend consumers to buy gift cards with packaging that covers and protects magnetic strips and pins.