Quick Answer: Can Gift Card Purchases Be Traced?

Can you track gift card purchases?

A) Yes, they do keep track of purchases. Almost all prepaid gift cards require some form of registration where they collect different data about you: name, address, zip code, phone number, etc. The gift card becomes an account, and you can review your purchase history just like a regular credit card.

Can Amazon gift card purchases be traced?

No. If you can convince Amazon that someone stole your gift card, and they refund you the value that was taken, then it’s no longer any of your business who stole the value.

Are gift cards Anonymous?

Prepaid cards are available online and at retail locations, and buying one is anonymous when you go the latter route. However, while you’ll be able to load funds to a prepaid card obtained in store at the time you get it, you won’t be able to anonymously reload it for recurring use.

Is it illegal to use a gift card you found?

Yes, a found gift card can seem almost like free money, just like spotting a seemingly abandoned $20 bill, but you still should try to return the gift card to the rightful owner. Trying to use a stranger’s credit or debit card is illegal and immoral.

Can I find out who used my gift card?

Once you have the gift card number (or as much information as you can find), call customer service for the merchant that issued the gift card. The objective of the phone call is not to “find” the gift card, but to find out if the gift card has been used.

Can you steal gift cards?

Gift cards have no value until activated, so they aren’t usually under lock and key at the store. This makes them very easy to steal. Thieves steal the worthless gift cards, record card numbers and PINs, and then return the cards to the shelves at the store.

How do I know who used my Amazon gift card?

How to check your Amazon gift card balance on desktop

  • Log into your account and from the homepage, hover over Accounts & Lists, then click “Your Account.” Click “Your Account” from the account menu.
  • Click the box that says “Gift Cards.”
  • You will be taken to a page where you can view your gift card balance, as well as recent transactions using Amazon gift cards.

What happens if I use a gift card I found?

No matter what state you are in, it’s not a good idea to use a gift card that you’ve found. Many states require that you attempt to return lost property. In fact, this also applies to lost money. But because cash is largely untraceable, most people simply keep any cash they find.

Can gift cards be tracked if lost?

With the transaction information from your credit or debit card statement and the debit or credit card used to buy the gift card, go to the grocery store and ask a customer service representative to print a copy of your receipt so you can track down a missing gift card.