Attorney General Urges Caution of Holiday Gift Card Scams


If holiday shopping is on your weekend to-do list, use caution when buying gift cards. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says they’re becoming a big target for scammers!

Morrisey issued a warning on Friday for consumers to be aware of potential gift card scams this holiday season.

According to Morrisey, scammers are going to gift card racks and use handheld scanners to read the card’s magnetic chip code and any number on its front. They then place the card back on display and wait for it to be activated. That’s when they create a counterfeit card and make purchases without having the actual card in hand.

To avoid becoming a victim of this scam, the Attorney General’s Office suggests purchasing gift cards from behind the customer service desk. If the card is preloaded, ask for the card to be scanned to show it is fully valued.

If you believe you have been the victim of this scam, or any other scam, call the Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808 or visit the Office online at

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