There’s a new warning about a scam taking advantage of people’s generosity. Crooks are tampering with gift cards before you even buy them. 


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The scam centers on gift cards openly displayed in stores, not pre-packaged ones. 

Scammers take them, record the numbers and any pin numbers, then put the cards back on the shelf, where customers who are none the wiser purchase them. 

One Arvada woman recently fell victim to the scam after purchasing a Target gift card. 

In September, Suzanne Gdovic stopped by her neighborhood Target to buy a gift for a baby shower. 

“Picked up a gift card, put $200 on it, got the baby card, got it off to the shower,” said Gdovic. 

A couple of weeks later, her friend reported a problem. 

“I was mortified. She goes to buy $200 worth of baby items and you get to that cash register and there’s no money on it,” said Gdovic.” And a message that came up at the cash register that said ‘this gift card is registered to another account.'” 

Luckily, Gdovic was prepared. 

“When I buy a gift card, I photocopy it front and back. I always keep my receipts, all the packaging,” said Gdovic. 

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