Fairfield police warn shoppers about gift card scam - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Fairfield police warn shoppers about gift card scam

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FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Gift cards are coming out in full force as people head back to shop.

Police in one shoreline town are warning people to make sure gift cards are not compromised before being used. It's a scam that's happening across the country.

"I got a bunch this year.  Absolutely,  I think it's the greatest gift ever," said Jean Presutto of Trumbull.

Police have a concern about how stores display gift cards right out in the open with the account numbers in plain view.

"What they'll do is snap a picture of that, then everyday call back until that card is loaded," said Fairfield Police Lt. Jim Perez. "Once it's loaded,  they can use it to buy things on the Internet."

Once the account information off of the card is used, there is little you can do.

"These cards aren't tied to a name or a bank account," Perez said.

The other advantage for criminals is many people don't use their gift cards right away, so the chances are greater of the criminal using the account information before the person uses the card.

"I hold on to them because if they need summer items,  we hold on to the summer new sneakers, spread that out with school," Presutto said.

Police recommend using gift cards sooner rather than later. And if you are buying gift cards, police recommend getting them at places that keep the gift cards locked up so nobody can see the account numbers.

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