(WFLX) - You might want to spend the gift card you got for Christmas sooner rather than later.
Police say scammers are walking into stores, grabbing a bunch a gift cards, and taking pictures of the codes and expiration dates.
They will then use software to monitor when that code is activated; then, they use it to buy items online. "Most people get gift cards, and what they do is hide them in their drawers for months on end," said Lt. Jim Perez. "Make sure that if you get a gift card, use the gift card."
Police say also make sure to know how much you have on the gift cards, so it is easy to know if the card has been used.