Each year it happens more and more.  An unsuspecting shopper picks up a few gift cards only for the recipient to later find that the card had fallen prey to a scammer’s deception before the card was even purchased.  How you can protect yourself from this?
  1. Look for gift cards with substantial packaging
  2. Inspect the packaging for any slight tears, peels, or cracks.
  3. Be wary of any scratch off area that is too large or crooked.
  4. Pass along the receipt to the card recipient for negotiating power if they need to show it was properly loaded at one time.
  5. Consider only buying gift cards online.