How an unopened Walmart gift card was drained

“With gift card fraud, thieves typically steal the cards from a store, write down their bar codes, and place fraudulent stickers on them. Then, when the card is activated, the money is added to the scammer’s gift card rather than the legitimately purchased card.”

“To protect yourself from gift card fraud, examine gift cards before buying them, and if they look tampered with, don’t buy them. Only buy gift cards behind the counter or online and save your receipt in case of a problem.”

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