Better Business Bureau official warns of gift card scams - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Better Business Bureau official warns of gift card scams

Photo Source: WDAM Photo Source: WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

If you are a last-minute shopper, the answer to your problems may be gift cards, but authorities are urging people to avoid being scammed.

John O’Hara with the Better Business Bureau said it is important to make sure the gift card has not been used before you purchase it.

“What people do is they pull those cards off, they scratch off the back, getting the information, they take pictures of those cards and put them back on the rack,” O’Hara said. 

 To ensure that it works, let the cashier scan it.

“You want to see them scan, they will give you a separate receipt showing it’s on there,” O’Hara said.

O’Hara urges shoppers to keep their receipts in a secure location.

“In case someone does have a problem, that will at least possibly let you recover your money on that,” O’Hara said.

Shoppers can also register gift cards at the store’s website if possible.

“This way you have obtained ownership of that card and they know all of your information,” O’Hara said.

Never ever give your personal information when you buy gift cards.

“There’s no reason to give date of birth or social security numbers for you to purchase a gift card. When you go check out at a store, they don’t ask you for that information,” O’Hara said. 

Copyright 2016 WDAM. All rights reserved

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Council approves pay increase for HPD dispatchers

    Council approves pay increase for HPD dispatchers

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:00 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:00:59 GMT
    The Hattiesburg City Council voted to give dispatchers in Hattiesburg Police Department a pay increase. WDAM looked at the numbers and where the money is coming from. (Photo source: WDAM)The Hattiesburg City Council voted to give dispatchers in Hattiesburg Police Department a pay increase. WDAM looked at the numbers and where the money is coming from. (Photo source: WDAM)

    WDAM cameras inside council chambers Tuesday night as the Hattiesburg City Council cast their votes. The council voted yes, to giving dispatchers within the Hattiesburg Police Department a pay increase. WDAM looked at the numbers and where the money is coming from. Councilman Carter Carroll said, "Dispatcher is a very important position and it needs to be someone with experience." Right now, the Hattiesburg Police Department has an extremely high turnover rate in that spe...

    More >>

    WDAM cameras inside council chambers Tuesday night as the Hattiesburg City Council cast their votes. The council voted yes, to giving dispatchers within the Hattiesburg Police Department a pay increase. WDAM looked at the numbers and where the money is coming from. Councilman Carter Carroll said, "Dispatcher is a very important position and it needs to be someone with experience." Right now, the Hattiesburg Police Department has an extremely high turnover rate in that spe...

    More >>
  • Players of the Pine Belt - Lumberton senior C.K. Bowens

    Players of the Pine Belt - Lumberton senior C.K. Bowens

  • Players of the Pine Belt - Lumberton senior C.K. Bowens

    Players of the Pine Belt - Lumberton senior C.K. Bowens

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:43 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:43:33 GMT
    Lumberton senior C.K. Owens. Courtesy: WDAMLumberton senior C.K. Owens. Courtesy: WDAM
    Lumberton senior C.K. Owens. Courtesy: WDAMLumberton senior C.K. Owens. Courtesy: WDAM

    Currently, Lumberton High School senior safety C.K. Bowens acts as a de facto coach-on-the-field for Coach Zach Jones’ defense. And if Jones’ has his way, Bowens will become a coach on his staff some day in the future. “Somebody’s fired,” Jones said only half-kidding. “He has a job because I would hire him in a minute. He just has a way of getting his point across and people listen. He’s just a natural leader.”

    More >>

    Currently, Lumberton High School senior safety C.K. Bowens acts as a de facto coach-on-the-field for Coach Zach Jones’ defense. And if Jones’ has his way, Bowens will become a coach on his staff some day in the future. “Somebody’s fired,” Jones said only half-kidding. “He has a job because I would hire him in a minute. He just has a way of getting his point across and people listen. He’s just a natural leader.”

    More >>
Powered by Frankly