Consumer group: Many gift cards vulnerable to fraud

Posted: Updated:
EDISON -

Gift cards have become popular presents for the holidays, but a consumer group says they are often vulnerable to theft and fraud.

ValuePenguin says that nearly half of all gift cards do not come with protection against fraud.

“You do have to go online and look at the terms and conditions of the gift card,” says ValuePenguin’s Janna Herron. “The last thing to do is check the online balance and see if it’s secured either by a captcha or account sign-in, like Amazon.”

Consumer advocates also suggest that customers check the card’s terms for loss or theft protection. They also say to buy cards that are contained inside packaging to ensure that they are not tampered with. Cards sold behind locked counters are also encouraged.

Customers are also urged to use the cards as soon as possible to prevent them from becoming lost.

  • ConsumerMore>>

  • Consumer Alert: Stopping spam phone calls

    Consumer Alert: Stopping spam phone calls

    Friday, September 21 2018 5:23 PM EDT2018-09-21 21:23:06 GMT
    Consumer Alert: Stopping spam phone callsConsumer Alert: Stopping spam phone calls
    Consumer Alert: Stopping spam phone callsConsumer Alert: Stopping spam phone calls

    Anyone who has ever used a telephone may have noticed an increase in the amount of robocalls that they have received.

    Anyone who has ever used a telephone may have noticed an increase in the amount of robocalls that they have received.

  • Business Briefs: Walmart, Uber, Airbnb

    Business Briefs: Walmart, Uber, Airbnb

    Friday, September 21 2018 2:47 PM EDT2018-09-21 18:47:17 GMT
    Tough China tariffs may force Walmart's prices up, according to Cheddar.Tough China tariffs may force Walmart's prices up, according to Cheddar.
    Tough China tariffs may force Walmart's prices up, according to Cheddar.Tough China tariffs may force Walmart's prices up, according to Cheddar.

    Tough China tariffs may force Walmart's prices up, according to Cheddar.

    Tough China tariffs may force Walmart's prices up, according to Cheddar.

  • Business Briefs: Wall Street, e-cigarettes, Amazon devices

    Business Briefs: Wall Street, e-cigarettes, Amazon devices

    Friday, September 21 2018 9:11 AM EDT2018-09-21 13:11:17 GMT
    Thursday was a record day on Wall Street despite investor fears of a trade war. Cigarettes are out and e-cigarettes are in. Alexa - pop my popcorn! Amazon announced new and updated devices Thursday at an event in Seattle.Thursday was a record day on Wall Street despite investor fears of a trade war. Cigarettes are out and e-cigarettes are in. Alexa - pop my popcorn! Amazon announced new and updated devices Thursday at an event in Seattle.

    Thursday was a record day on Wall Street despite investor fears of a trade war. Cigarettes are out and e-cigarettes are in. Alexa - pop my popcorn! Amazon announced new and updated devices Thursday at an event in Seattle.

    Thursday was a record day on Wall Street despite investor fears of a trade war. Cigarettes are out and e-cigarettes are in. Alexa - pop my popcorn! Amazon announced new and updated devices Thursday at an event in Seattle.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."