How can I protect myself from having my gift card information hacked?
The Federal Trade Commission offers a variety of tips to protect your gift card.
An important way to protect your gift card is to inspect the card before buying it. Verify that no protective stickers have been removed, and that the codes on the back of the card haven't been scratched off to reveal a PIN number. Report any damaged cards to the store selling the cards.
Also, buy from known and trusted sources. Avoid online auction sites, because the cards sold there may be counterfeit or may have been obtained fraudulently.
For other tips about gift cards, visit: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt010.shtm