Scammers and Warnings

[WTB] Gift Cards purchased with stolen credit cards

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  • Sep 12th, 2018 1:14 am
Deal Addict
Mar 7, 2007
1736 posts
lol wow. stolen credit card to buy gift cards. pretty ingenious...

always check out the person who is posting the card as well. someone with 4 posts and joined very recently is probably the first clue...

if a retailer had a problem then I would make a huge fuss and get SOMETHING back. You can be denied the item, but you won't have to pay for it.
Nintendo Switch vibes
Oct 26, 2010
76 posts
1 upvote
That's what happened..

i bought 200dollar worth of Starbuck gift card for 150, transferred balance to my starbucks card.
apparently after 2 days, my card was deactivated and total balance, including the balance i bought with my credit card, was gone and not seized.

i should've called the police damn.. i still had his phone number and everything at that time
Deal Expert
Nov 16, 2004
15047 posts
Just be aware that retailers go after these gift cards weeks and months after the crime has been committed. Just because you've had the card for 1 week, doesn't mean you are in the clear. When a card is found to made fraudulent purchases, all of those gift cards are instantly cancelled, one of which could be one you already paid for.
RedFlagDeals addict
Sr. Member
Jun 27, 2012
790 posts
Winnipeg, MB
I was thinking the same thing. If they don't know who you are and the buyer doesn't spend the entire amount or pays the difference in cash, they only have the face. If glasses with a light tint were used and a cap to cover the hair and it makes it a lot harder to ID the buyer.

Maybe its time they logged the buyer's ID when it is purchased. This could be crosschecked at the store instantly.
May 28, 2017
70 posts
Edmonton, AB
It's not just Gift Cards, it can be Sports Tickets, Concert Tickets (especially), NBA tickets etc.. always ask for Hard Copy of that Event ticket and a copy of their Driver's License. I bought tickets for Drake through Ticketmaster and at the concert on Floor seats 3 sets of people we had to asked the Security to escort them out as they had these "Fake Paper Tickets" they paid 50% less cost for.
Nov 26, 2015
245 posts
I ran into this scam when I was around 13 years old and didn't know any better. I bought several Home Hardware, Canadian Tire, and BestBuy gift cards totalling $900 from an older man off of Kijiji. The man used a payphone to contact me and used a taxi to meet me. Shortly after receiving the gift cards, the gift cards were marked as fraudulent and were cancelled. I looked up the mans email address on google (which was named in the fashion firstname.lastname @ and found his Facebook profile and the town where he lived. I went to the police office with all of the evidence... pictures of the kijiji ad, pictures of the man and his facebook profile... the fraudulent gift cards... everything. The police flat out told me that there was no way to prove that the man was fraudulent so it was a waste of time making an investigation and I should just call it a lesson learned. I said why don't you try contacting the guy and meeting up with him. They said it would not be worth their time. I also tried contacting the local stores like Home Depot... etc where the cards were from but they said that they are not affiliated with kijiji and do not care about it since the cards have already been cancelled.

Many years later I was curious about the status of the guy and searched him up again on google. The police required the publics assistance in finding him as he was a involved in a string of crimes including stealing many thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a local electronics store, booking into hotels with fake credit cards, etc. and he was on the loose. I don't think he ever got caught.