Thursday, November 30, 2006

Gift card thieves!

Here's the e-mail, allegedly from the Shepherdsville, KY police department:


Stolen Gift Card Balances

Well, the crooks have found a way to rob you of your gift card balance.
If you buy Gift Cards from a display rack that has various store cards you may become a victim of theft. Crooks are now jotting down the card numbers in the store and then wait a few days and call to see how much of a balance THEY have on the card. Once they find the card is "activated", they go online and start shopping. You may want to
purchase your card from a customer service person, where they do not have the Gift Cards viewable to the public. Please share this with all your family and friends.

Michaela Frank
Shepherdsville Police Department
(502) 921-1000"
This one happens to be true, but originated in Oregon. Snopes has a really good article that gives real scenarios and good tips to help prevent theft. Check it out:

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