The gift card usually can’t be traced, and the merchant gets a chargeback from the holder of the stolen credit card.
Taking over an account and buying gift cards: With someone’s bank or online shopping account credentials, criminals can buy lots of gift cards and spend them or cash them out before they’re caught.
Can gift card transactions be traced?
Gift cards are difficult to trace. Gagliardi said that it’s complicated to track each gift card purchased with each credit card. That makes it that much more important that credit card holders keep careful track of their card statements and any unusual purchases.
Can I find out who stole 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. If the card has been used, then it’s not so much “lost” as it might have been stolen. Ask the customer service representative to explain when and where the card got redeemed.
Can people see what you buy with a gift card?
No they can’t see what you buy online at all. After they give you the card, there is nothing connecting you to them. Even if they emailed you an egift card, you are safe. Check the balance first before using it and you’ll know that it’s a brand new card.
Can you get caught using a stolen gift card?
Store security could detain them until the police arrive, and they could be prosecuted for theft and/or fraud. But if no one has yet reported it lost or stolen, it will have the full value and anyone could use it to make a purchase. That is why you should keep up with gift cards and use them as soon as possible.
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 thieves steal gift cards?
Cloning Gift Cards
Thieves will steal a stack of gift cards, write down or photograph the numbers, and then return the gift cards to their display. Now they only need to wait for the gift card activation in order to steal the cash. If a card has a PIN number, they can either scratch off the number and leave it bare.