BATON ROUGE, LA – As
Christmas approaches, Attorney General Jeff Landry reminds Louisiana consumers
that there are pros and cons to buying and using gift cards.
from known and trusted sources.
Avoid online auction sites, as cards sold there could be counterfeit or
the fine print.
Check for added fees and see if there are shipping and handling costs when
purchasing gift cards by phone or online.
the receipt as well. Give
the recipient the original receipt in case the card is later lost or
the financial condition of the retailer or restaurant. A card from a company that files for bankruptcy or
goes out of business may be worth less than anticipated. If the business
closes a store near the recipient, it may be hard for them to find another
location where the card can be used.
“It can be stressful and time consuming to find the
perfect Christmas gift for everyone on your list, which is why so many choose
to simplify giving through gift cards,” said General Landry. “So my office and
I are providing tips to help consumers purchase valid gift cards and avoid
being scammed by a Grinch seeking to take advantage of the holiday season.”
General Landry offers the following tips for those buying
And General Landry
offers the following tips for those using gift cards:
the terms and conditions,
especially the expiration date and usage fee.
card’s terms and conditions in a safe place. Also ask giver for the original purchase receipt and
the card’s ID number.
lost or stolen cards
to the issuer immediately.
expired cards be replaced. The
issuer may agree to exchange it or reverse deducted fees.
For more consumer tips,
visit www.AGJeffLandry.com or call
General Landry’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-351-4889.