Quick Answer: 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 gift card purchases 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 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.

Can I use a gift card I 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. “The statute states specifically that if you use the card without permission it’s a criminal offense,” says Beaulier.

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.