A warning to gift card buyers everywhere. I bought two Wal-mart VISA gift cards Oct. 11 2013. The (“Happy birthday ones) When I opened the first one it looked used and a bit off, since I purchase two gift cards a week for online buys. I know how they should look and feel. You may view the short video I took before Wal-mart quickly took the cards back then refunded my money for this purchase. This could be happening in any store or any pre-paid cards so just keep your eyes open and post any similer stories or information please.
Note: Wal-mart does not normally refund money paid for gift cards, but after they took one of the Visa gift cards off the shelf and opened it to see for themselves they found the same issue with that one. I believe this could be a large scale scam since the cards where only $25 ones.
HOW THEY DID IT- I believe the person(s) who are doing this must first buy or acquire a Wal-mart VISA gift card. Next, they use the card until its empty. Next, they go back to the store and steal a exact version of the one they just purchased and spent. (Or it could be done from the VISA vendor shipping department, warehouse or something, before it hits the shelf) the stolen card is not valid since it must first be scanned by the retailer first to be active. Next, they simply copy the bar code using a printer and glue it over the used cards bar code. They re-seal the Visa card into the seemingly new unopened box, sneak it back into Wal-mart and put it back on the shelves. Next, they just wait until somebody buys the card. Once the fake card has been scanned, the real card (in the hands of the thief) becomes active, funded and ready to use before the unsuspecting customer has any clue.
THAT IS JUST A SAD LOOK INTO OUR TIMES.
This Is a very bad crime since it hits the customer directly, and if you shop at walmart most likely on a budget like myself. These type of chicken*#$% scams hurt everyday people.
Hope this helps (: