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Protect yourself from gift card scams

This holiday season you may want to be extra careful when purchasing gift cards.

Posted: Nov. 27, 2017 11:33 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — This holiday season you may want to be extra careful when purchasing gift cards. The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office noticed people are stealing money from these cards.

The Sheriff's office recently posted this warning on it's Facebook page. The warning is to protect people from having their money stolen after buying a gift card.

Some people have found a way to steal money from these cards once you activate it. The VISA card seems to be the most popular gift card targeted, but it can happen to others.

To prevent this from happening to you, make sure to look at the back of the card before you buy it. You're checking to make sure the card numbers are not exposed. The number are usually covered by a gray film or sticker. If the numbers are exposed, do not buy the card and turn it into a store manager.

The Sheriff's office would like you to pass this message along and prevent this from happening to others.

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