Thieves using new tactic to target gift cards

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Undated – There’s a new warning if you received a gift card this holiday season.

Consumer Reports says there’s a new scam where crooks are taking cards from the rack, writing down their numbers and scratching off the strip on the back to get security codes. They then use the replacement strips to cover the codes.

Once you buy the altered card and load money onto it, the thief gets an alert.

Experts recommend protecting yourself by buying directly from the retailer online.

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