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The Grinch is apparently not the only one who’s trying to steal Christmas.
Police in Florida are warning holiday shoppers this week, scammers have been posting fake bar codes on the gift cards in its retail stores.
“The scammers are printing their own barcodes and placing them on the actual gift card to be a barcode at a local retailer,” the Boca Raton Police Department, wrote on Facebook on Monday. When the card has been activated, the money has been added to the scammer’s card instead of the card being purchased.”
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The department said the fraudulent bar codes were just recently discovered by a Walgreens store (an employee, a WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach have been reported.
The police department also recommends to make sure that the bar code on the back of the card matches the number on the packaging, and they are asked to check for the stickers to be placed over the bar code, and the choice of a gift card in the middle or at the back of the rack.
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“Criminals are likely to go on to the front of cards because they commit crimes more quickly,” the department said.