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Month: May 2008 (Page 1 of 2)

Gift Card Fraud & Scams Series – Part II

Gift Cards Stolen from the Mail at the Post Office

In case you have not been following this series on Gift Card Fraud and Scams, Part I of the series, which was posted last week, talks about secret credit card recording and how that is used to perpetuate gift card fraud. Today’s post will focus on gift card fraud at the post office.

I posted this article back in march 2008 – Gift Card Alert: USPS may have lost the gift card you mailed alerting readers about the need to properly package gift cards before they mail them since it appears gift cards are being lost at the post office due to improper packaging.

While the post office places the blame for missing gift cards on customers, it appears a few bad apples among the post office employees are taking advantage of the situation and may be going as far as stealing gift cards from mail that may have been properly packaged.

A recent arrest of a McAllen, TX postal worker for stealing gift cards from the mail got me curious. I did a quick search on Google news and came up with similar post office arrests over the last year or so, including the following:

April 24, 2008 – Charlottesville, VA (A Postal worker pleads guilty to stealing mail that contained money and gift cards)

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What is RSS?

I am sure you have seen variations of the RSS logo on numerous websites and blogs and are probably wondering what this RSS symbol is all about. Look no further!

If you have 3 minutes to spare, the YouTube video below from leelefever BEST explains RSS in plain English and is worth viewing. RSS can change the way you view new content on the web and save you lots of time. So, take the plunge, and enter the world of RSS.

If, after watching the video, you like what RSS has to offer, consider subscribing to the RSS feed from and get all the latest posts fast and conveniently delivered into your feed reader.

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Kroger Gift Card

Kroger, one of the largest grocery chains in the U.S. sells its own brand name gift card called ‘The Kroger Family of Stores Gift Card.’ The gift card is redeemable at any Kroger family store for store merchandise (except for money orders, lottery tickets, stamps, hunting/fishing licenses and Western Union). The Kroger gift card can be reloaded for up to 90 days and does not expire as long as there is value on the card.

I highly recommend the Kroger gift card due to the variety of stores that accept the card.

Below is a list of Kroger Family of Stores that accept the Kroger Gift Card. For a list of other gift cards sold at Kroger, click here.

Fred Meyer
Food 4 Less (stores in So. CA, NV, IN and IL only)
King Soopers
Fry’s and Fry’s Marketplace
City Market
Cala Bell

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List of Gift Cards Sold at Kroger

Kroger grocery store sells open loop gift cards. You have probably seen the huge gift card rack as soon as you walk into the store. Below is a list of the gift cards sold at Kroger locations.

If you’ve been to a Kroger grocery store, you’ve probably seen the ‘Gift Card Shop’ rack with gift cards from some of the most popular retailers and merchants across the country. In case you are wondering what gift cards can be purchased at Kroger, below is a complete list grouped by merchant category. If you are looking for the Kroger gift card (which can be redeemed at Kroger and Kroger Family of Stores), click here. (Updated 10/27/2011)

Retail Gift Cards
Babies ‘R’ Us
Toys ‘R’ Us
Home Depot
Bed Bath and Beyond
Bath & Body Works
Bass Pro Shops
Best Buy

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Gift Card Fraud & Scams Series – Part I

Secret Credit Card Recording & Gift Card Windfall

As I mentioned on May 10th, in celebration of the newly redesigned, I will be running a four part series on Gift Card Fraud and Scams.

I will be discussing the major types of gift card scams out there and provide you with tips on how to avoid becoming a victim. Today’s post will focus on credit card skimming and how that is used to perpetrate gift card fraud.

A recent arrest of two men in Herkimer, NY has led police into what could be one of the most sophisticated gift card and credit card schemes out there. According to a story on, police seized about 100 debit and gift cards from the two men, which were apparently used to defraud local Wal-Mart stores.

The case began to unfold as one of the men tried to buy $800 in Wal-Mart gift cards using multiple credit cards that were each denied. Police found that during the two day period, the suspects had purchased $39,000 worth of Wal-Mart gift cards and electronic equipment in Herkimer and Rome, NY. At the Rome, NY Wal-Mart alone, the two men made about $8,000 in purchases in one hour. So how does the scheme work?

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Difference between Visa Reloadable Prepaid Card and Visa Gift Card

This post explains the difference between a Visa Reloadable Prepaid card and a regular Visa gift card. Also scroll down to see our list of most popular Visa Prepaid Gift Cards that allow you to shop online, pay bills, and get money at ATMs among other features.

Is there a difference between the Visa Reloadable Prepaid Card and Visa Gift Card? This question was posed on Yahoo Answers recently and since I have seen the question asked a couple of times already, I did some research on the subject and here is what I found.Vince Young All- Access® Visa® Prepaid Card

While both cards are accepted anywhere visa debit cards are accepted, there are differences between the two cards that should be considered before buying.

  1. The Visa Gift Card is not “reloadable”. Once the initial value on a Visa Gift Card is spent, the plastic becomes worthless. On the other hand, the Visa Reloadable Prepaid card can be reloaded with cash several times over until the expiration date listed on the card.
  2. The Visa Gift Card can be purchased at many grocery stores or supermarkets without any precondition, such as age requirement or proof of ID. However, to purchase Visa Reloadable Prepaid Card, you must be at least 18 years of age and must provide a government issued ID.
  3. You can use a Visa Reloadable Prepaid Card to get cash at an ATM while the Visa Gift Card does not allow you to get cash at the ATM.
  4. The Visa Reloadable Prepaid Card also allows you to add money to the card through direct deposit of your wages, tax refunds, or other disbursements, such as social security, child support, welfare or other payments. This feature does not exist with the Visa Gift Card.

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Welcome to the new

Welcome to the new and improved! As I mentioned previously, the redesign of the site was to make it more user friendly and provide easy access to the wide range of content on the site. For your benefit, below are the improvements to the site:

1. I have added the tabs at the top, which are “Featured” (which is a list of posts I am recommending to readers), “Commented” (which lists the posts that have attracted the most comments), and “Emailed” (which lists the most emailed posts).

2. The “Popular post” section on the right sidebar has been enhanced to include “All Time” popular posts (which lists the most popular posts on since its inception), and “This Month” (which lists the popular posts for any given month in time).

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Where to Buy a Visa Reloadable Prepaid Card (In-Person)

There are very few locations where you can buy Visa Reloadable Prepaid Cards in Person. We have listed them below. Scroll down to see our list of most popular Visa Prepaid Gift Cards that allow you to shop online, pay bills, and get money at ATMs among other features.

Below are stores that carry the Visa Reloadable Prepaid Card. As you can see, it is a much shorter list than the stores that sell the Visa Gift Card(Updated 10/26/2011)

You can buy a Reloadable Prepaid Visa Gift in Person at the Following Stores:

ACE Cash Express
Rite Aid

The Most Popular Visa Prepaid Cards Online (Click here to see full list)

Walmart MoneyCard Visa® Prepaid Card

READYdebit® Prepaid Visa® Card

READYdebit® Prepaid Visa® Card

Where to buy American Express gift cards (In-Person)


American Express (Amex) gift cards can be purchased in-person at the following drug stores and supermarkets (grocery stores). (Updated 10/27/2011)

Drug Stores

Duane Reade
Longs Drugs
Rite Aid

Grocery Stores/Supermarkets

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New Look for

As you may recall, I announced several weeks ago that i am working on a redesign of The goal is to make the site more user friendly and also incorporate some new and exciting features. Well, the wait is almost over. The new and improved will be launched sometime next week.

To celebrate the new and improved site, I will start a 4 part series on gift card scams and fraud. The series will highlight the major types of gift card scams and fraud ideas out there and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.

I am really excited about the new site and look forward to showing it to you soon. Stay tuned!

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