But I'm beginning to wonder if the strip is copied and the numbers are picked up there, regardless of the scratch code area.
I recently took some photos (I wanted to add to my gift card thread) about how a retailer was now doing a "better job" of protecting the gift card, by now adding a scratch portion (for the unique numbers of the card).
However, the strip is still out in the open!
I can't imagine that this solves the problem 100%, because if magstrip copiers are involved, they must be getting a lot of information from the card, without it even being activated yet.
Canadian Tire cards are just BAD on both fronts. All the numbers are exposed, no scratch sections, magnetic strip is out in the open.
For the sake of this thread, I just wrote Canadian Tire, basically asking if they'll give me back my money, should the card balance be stolen, because quite frankly they don't have to with those terms.
We'll see what they say. At least if it's said then you have a half-foot to stand on (customer service correspondence versus gift card terms)
I too buy A LOT of these gift cards (I use to) and I WANT to participate in this promotion, but I can't knowing what I know. I'm not against the company, I want them to fix the problem, that's all.