Gift Card Scam

Kawartha Lakes OPP are warning residents of a scam involving gift cards.

Scammers are taking advantage of the fact that many gift cards displayed on sales racks are blank cards.

A dollar value is added by the merchant upon activation.

When the card is activated or purchased the victim's money isn't loaded to the card, but directed to a false account as indicated by a fake barcode sticker.

Area residents are asked to check the cards prior to purchase to ensure they have not been tampered with.

If you suspect suspicious activity, report it to police