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Don't buy into gift card scams


Gift cards may be the most popular and convenient holiday gift, but Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington warns of bogus cards and security flaws.

According to the National Retail Federation, holiday shoppers spent more than $31 billion in gift cards in 2014 making the popular item the number one gift eight years in a row. And while gift cards may be the gift-giving solution this holiday, BBB receives hundreds of inquiries and complaints each year about bogus cards and the fraudulent sites that sell them.

Better Business Bureau reminders shoppers to watch for the following red flags:

• Online auctions.  Be careful buying gift cards from online auctions b...

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