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The Grinch apparently isn’t the only one looking to steal Christmas.
“Scammers are printing out their own barcodes and placing them over the actual gift card barcode at local retailers,” the Boca Raton Police Department wrote on Facebook on Monday. “When the card is activated, the money is added to the scammer’s card instead of the card being purchased.”
The department said fraudulent barcodes were recently discovered by a Walgreens store employee, WPTV-TV of West Palm Beach reported.
Police recommend making sure the barcode on the back of the card matches the number on the packaging itself and they suggested checking for stickers placed over the barcode and choosing a gift card in the middle or back of the rack.
“Criminals will likely go for the front cards because they can commit the crime more quickly,” the department said.