Although often described as impersonal, gift cards are a great idea to buy, especially for video game enthusiasts.
So where can you buy such gift cards, especially for Xbox gamers?
Where to buy Xbox gift cards?
Xbox Gift Cards are sold at various online outlets.
The easiest place to buy them is right on Microsoft’s website.
They give you the option to purchase gift cards ranging from £ 10 to £ 50.
Upon purchase, you will receive an email with a digital code that the gift recipient can use to purchase popular games, add-ons, card packs, and more.
You can also purchase gift cards from:
Which stores sell Xbox gift cards?
If you prefer to buy gift cards the traditional way and go to a store, Currys, Argos, WHSmith and GAME give you the option.
However, be sure to check with your local retailer first, as products may differ from store to store.
What are the dangers of gift cards?
While it’s often said that giving gift cards is “impersonal,” it turns out that most people are happy with them because they remain incredibly popular with customers.
People appreciate the flexibility and convenience of gift cards.
Unfortunately, gift cards are prime targets for crooks and fraudsters, and gift card fraud can expose merchants to damaging chargebacks from the credit cards originally used to purchase them.
And it looks like card fraud is only getting worse.
COVID-19 has unfortunately forced many businesses out of business and pushed others into predominantly online roles.
And since we’re limited in our in-person store visits, customers are spending more and more time shopping online.
While e-commerce was already on the rise before 2020, lockdowns around the world have turned that growth into a blast.
Are there any Xbox gift card scams to watch out for?
There are ways to stay smart about your online gift card purchases.
Hang up on fake callers
No reputable business or government agency (including the IRS) will ever require payment with gift cards. If someone claims to be from the IRS, hang up. (Don’t believe emails, either.)
Private Balance Check
If someone asks to listen while you call to confirm a gift card balance, it is probably a scam.
Inspect the packaging of gift cards
If the packaging appears tampered with or if the PIN code is revealed, transform the gift card in the cashier and choose another card.
Check the activation receipt
Make sure the gift card number on the activation receipt matches the gift card you receive. Alert the manager if it is not a match.
Buy only from reputable resellers
Only buy discounted gift cards from a gift card reseller who has customer service and who will offer you a money back guarantee on your purchases.
Save the activation receipt
Whenever you purchase a gift card, keep the purchase and activation receipt until the gift card is used.
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