Gift Cards are great holiday gifts -- assuming you purchase them from safe, trusted entities. The Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois is warning against buying gift cards for restaurants or other retailers from places like social media or Craigslist. C-E-O Steve Bernas says you need to look at the gift card you're buying carefully. "You want to look at the back of the card, and make certain it's not compromised in any way," says Bernas.
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"The code or the serial number should not be scratched off. Consumers had bought cards like that in the past. Last year, we received about 700 complaints, and a lot of them were cards that were already used or comprimised in some way." Bernas says you can trust the integrity of a gift card from any retailer bearing the Better Businesses Bureau's seal, or by simply buying the card from the retailer it will be used at. More Information: www.bbb.org/chicago