Bad News for Gift Card Redemptions at Albertsons and Safeway Stores
Albertsons, Safeway and possibly other affiliated stores are introducing changes that will heavily affect those who use these locations to drain their gift cards. A memo has been sent out, informing store workers and managers that certain gift card transactions of $100 or more will be declined.
The memo was sent out last month, and the changes are expected to go into effect sometime in the future, as reported by Frequent Miler. These changes are due to new security enhancement being implemented by Blackhawk Network, which issues Visa and Mastercard gift cards sold at many popular stores.
Once implemented, purchases of $100 or more will be auto-declined at the customer service desk. Money Order purchases and Money Wire Transfers are specifically stated in the memo. The change is being made to prevent fraudsters from making large purchases that can’t be traced back to an account owner, since the cards are not linked to a bank account or registered to the owner.
It is not clear from the memo when the change will go into effect exactly. This should apply to all Albertsons brands, which you can see here. This is a change that’s being made by Blackhawk Network for security enhancements and anti-money laundering control. This could mean that similar changes could soon come to other chains as well.
Let us know if you have encountered any issues at Albertsons stores when using gift cards.