Retailers' Efforts to Stop Gift Card Scams Often Fall ShortGift cards are worth billions to retailers yet they are a common tool for scammers. Now some question whether stores that profit from gift card-related scams should be doing more to stop them.
Scam Artists Draining Gift Cards Of ValueThe National Retail Federation estimates that about 60 percent of shoppers bought a gift card for the holidays, but consumer safety experts warn that scammers have discovered a way to drain the value off the cards.
Shell Settles With 7 Bay Area Counties Over Misleading Gift Card AdvertisingShell Oil has agreed to pay more than $762,000 in civil penalties to settle allegations brought by seven Bay Area counties of misleading advertising for gift cards.
Beleaguered Volkswagen Offers U.S. Diesel Owners $1,000 In Gift Cards, VouchersOwners of 482,000 diesel Volkswagens and Audis in the U.S. are eligible for $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers as the automaker strives to placate customers dismayed by an emissions-rigging scandal.
2015 Holiday Spending Budgets Grow; Online, Mobile Shopping At New HighsAmericans plan to spend a little more money this holiday season than last, with an increasing amount of shopping being done online and on mobile, according to an annual survey from the National Retail Federation.
Palo Alto Community Pitches In For Holiday Gifts For 11 Guards Who Watch Dangerous Train Crossings$350 gift cards were handed out this week to the 11 guards who keep watch at Palo Alto train tracks as part of the city's Track Watch program.
Bay Area Man's Gift Card Comes With Strings AttachedAfter getting a $150 gift card from Nissan to help cover repair costs, a Bay Area man found out his gift card wasn't really a gift card at all.
MTC Offers Gift Cards To Casual Carpool Drivers In San FranciscoThe Metropolitan Transportation Commission will be handing out gift cards to those who pick up casual carpoolers, if there's a BART strike on Monday.
ConsumerWatch: Scammers Finding New Ways To Target Gift CardsConsumers may want to think twice before purchasing gift cards. A new scam proves that crooks are getting more sophisticated and the old protections just aren’t working any more.
ConsumerWatch: Macy’s Makes Good On Gift Card GlitchMacy’s is promising to make good on some bad gift cards that may have ended up with some California consumers. The cards were apparently sold through third-party retailers and tampered with before being purchased.
Best Tips To Avoid Holiday Spending Mistakes From A South Bay Financial ProfessionalIt's the holidays. You have to buy gifts, but your bank account demands thriftiness and you need to avoid overspending. If you are one of many Americans who have been hit hard by the economy and are looking for ways to spend wisely over the holidays, here are a few suggestions, with input from a South Bay financial advisor.
The Pros And Cons Of Gift CardsTo gift card or not to gift card? That is the question. Here are the pros and cons of giving a gift card this holiday season.
ConsumerWatch: Can I Get Cash Back On Gift Cards?California law requires merchants to give cash bank for small amounts left on gift cards. But it appears some retailers are not getting the word.
Oakland Mothers Launch Program To Get Guns Off The StreetThe goal is to get 100 guns off the streets of Oakland.
Bay Area Malls Rushed By Post-Christmas Bargain HuntersMalls across the Bay Area Monday were filled with shoppers who were looking to exchange Christmas gifts and take advantage of the final sales of the year.