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Boca Raton police warn consumers about gift-card scam

Here’s how you can make sure the money you spend goes to the recipient and not a scammer.
Police in Boca Baton are warning consumers about a gift scam that is redirecting money to scammers' cards.
Police in Boca Baton are warning consumers about a gift scam that is redirecting money to scammers' cards. [ Facebook ]
Published Dec. 17, 2019
Updated Dec. 17, 2019

Gift cards on your holiday shopping list?

Of course. Aren’t they on everyone’s?

They’re the perfect gift when you don’t know what to get.

Provided the money you spend on the card actually gets to the recipient.

Police in Boca Baton on Monday warned consumers about a scam that is redirecting that money elsewhere.

Scammers are printing out their own barcodes and placing them over the actual barcode at retailers. When the card is activated, the money is added to the scammer’s card instead of the card being purchased.

The warning was prompted by the discovery of fraudulent bar codes on gift cards during a routine check by a retail employee.

To protect yourself, police suggest the following:

  1. Closely examine the back of the card before purchasing it. Look for signs of tampering, such as barcode stickers.
  2. Make sure the card’s barcode number, visible through the window on the back of the packaging, matches the number on the packaging itself.
  3. Pick a card from the middle or back of the rack. Criminals will likely go for the front cards because they can commit the crime more quickly.