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Beware the perils of the gift card! According to our sister site, those gift cards stacked near the cash register are an easy target for scammers, who can snatch up the magnetic data on the card and run down the balance before you so much as open your Christmas stocking. Talk about kicking the life out of the holiday spirit. [Racked NY]