‘Card Draining’ Is The Latest Scam This Holiday Season
‘Tis the season for shopping and wrapping and giving and getting. Just be sure that what you’re getting is not a big fat scam. Sadly, the holiday season is also a time for all sorts of “Grinchy” behavior. According to WTAJ-TV, scammers are on the loose with something new this year.
So what’s the scam du jour? If you’re buying some gift cards for family and friends this Christmas, you need to beware of a dastardly ploy known as “card draining.” Here’s how it works: scammers will take gift cards off the rack, take down all the information, then put them back. After that’s done, they simply wait for someone to buy and activate the gift card, then use it for themselves.
Several such incidents were reported in Colorado over the summer. Visa and Apple cards appear to be popular choices for scammers. How to spot the scam? Make absolutely sure the gift card package hasn’t been opened or tampered with before buying. If it has been, alert the cashier or a store employee.
What other holiday scams should we be worried about? There are a couple involving scammers trying to contact Amazon customers under false pretenses via email, phone, and text. You can read more about that HERE.