“Before purchasing a gift card, look carefully at the packaging for any tears, wrinkles, or other indications of tampering, and see if the PIN is exposed,” the BBB warned. “If anything looks suspicious, it’s probably best to take a different card, and turn in the compromised card to the store’s customer service desk.”
How can you avoid this and other potential pitfalls when dealing with gift cards this year? You can protect yourself. The Federal Trade Commission and the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center offer these tips when buying, giving and using gift cards.