Walmart Hit with Class Action Lawsuit Over Gift Cards
Walmart has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging that it sells gift cards that can be tampered with by third parties. The issue is that after customers pay for these cards, they end up with a gift card that has no value.
Some gift cards sold at Walmart have no packaging and are not secured with any other means. That allows individuals to remove the security tape covering the PIN number and record or take a picture of the PIN number. That’s one of the most popular ways for scammers to steal gift cards. The PIN can then be covered again and looks similar to the original tape so that customers will purchase the cards and load them with money.
Once a customer loads the card, that person who has the number and the PIN, can use it to make purchases on Walmart.com. In some cases, Walmart deactivates the card before the customer can use the card.
The lawsuit was filed in August 2018 by a woman in Missouri. She claims that she had purchased two gift cards for her niece and nephew last December, but by the time they received their gift cards and tried to use them the cards had already been used or deactivated.
You should always be careful when purchasing gift cards. They’re a popular gift option for the holidays, but also a favorite for scammers. You can read more here about how to protect yourself, or at least minimize the chances of being scammed.
If you think you might be part of the lawsuit against Walmart, then you can fill out the form here.