Gift cards sold off display racks at stores are becoming a hot target for scamsters around the country.

Consumerist.com reports there are a number of scams going on where crooks have found a way to steal value from gift cards before they’re sold.

“Sometimes this means scratching off the area on the back of the card to reveal the code. It could also mean peeking down the sleeve of the card to read and record the number,” the website reports.

Using these methods, the crooks are able to drain the money on those cards before they can be used by the recipient. [read Clark Howard]

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