We are all too smart to fall for the use of gift cards as a tactic used by scam artists when pressuring people to pay off tax, utility and other bills. But did you know that thieves can easily scratch off a decal covering a PIN on a gift card in a store, record the information and then replace it with a similar decal? Thus that gift card you are buying at the store to give someone as a present, can already be compromised, and then when it is activated, the thief can remotely steal the data to use on their own purchases. Best to buy your gift cards online directly from the retailer's or restaurant's website.
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