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BEWARE! Sephora Gift Card Fraud

Bought $50 Sephora gift card for a friend on Dec 10, 2023. My friend tried to buy Sephora products using the card for the first time on Dec 17, 2023. However, the cashier said that the balance on the card was $0, which was strange.

 

I called the number on the back of the card and apparently this exact same card was used in an online purchase on Dec 14, 2023. When I asked for more information on who that person was, customer service reps pushed back and said the didn't have access to that information. I asked if I can help report this fraud so that Sephora is aware and can look into it. The customer rep told me to go talk to the FTC. 

 

Reading online, this is a common issue with Sephora gift cards:

 

 

https://community.sephora.com/t5/Customer-Support/Gift-Card-FRAUD/m-p/6737910#M287735

https://community.sephora.com/t5/Customer-Support/Gift-card-fraud/m-p/6700729#M284278

https://community.sephora.com/t5/Customer-Support/Fraud-gift-card/m-p/6739669#M287924

https://community.sephora.com/t5/Customer-Support/Gift-Card-Fraud/m-p/6606392#M278621

 

This smells of internal fraud. why? because the back of the card was not even scratched off when i purchased it. how would anyone have access to the card number.

Re: BEWARE! Sephora Gift Card Fraud

Same here.

 

customer service is terrible.  Says it cannot do anything due to terms and conditions, but the same terms state card needs to be present.

 

this is completely ridiculous, and Sephora doesn’t want to acknowledge it.

Re: BEWARE! Sephora Gift Card Fraud

The same thing happened to me today. I called Sephora customer service and they told me that there’s nothing they can do about it. I feel so frustrated.

Re: BEWARE! Sephora Gift Card Fraud

I had the same thing happen recently. My friend wasn’t able to redeem her gift card, called the number in the back of the card to get assistance and was told the gift card was already used on March 18 even though the code had not been scratched. 
Is there anyone else we can contact to resolve this issue?

Re: BEWARE! Sephora Gift Card Fraud

Hi @pwindham,

 

I'm so sorry to hear this and I'll send you a message shortly.

 

Best regards,

Laurie 

Re: BEWARE! Sephora Gift Card Fraud

Same thing just happened to me! Gift card was purchased at Walgreens and not attempted to be used until today (6/4/24). Cashier said zero balance. I called the number and was told the card was used on 5/12/24 but that was all they could tell me. Transferred me to customer service where I was told they couldn’t help me since it was purchased at a third party retailer. She suggested I call Walgreens. Ummm how is Walgreens going to help me with a Sephora gift card. Something smells funny if everyone is having these same issues. 

Re: BEWARE! Sephora Gift Card Fraud

Hi @Bailey4206,

 

I'm sorry to hear this! I'll send you a message shortly.

 

Best regards,

Laurie 

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Same thing happened to me today. $50 gift card GIFTED to me from my employer. I pulled the card off of the cardboard it comes on at the store to use it, and was told it had $0. The card number and pin hadn’t been scratched off, and wasn’t scratched off until I called the number on the back of the gift card to see what was going on, to give the number to them. They were able to see MULTIPLE transactions made yesterday with the gift card, when I told them something weird was going on and that the database that holds all the gift card information had to have been hacked into, because there’s no way possible for anyone to have gotten the numbers that I didn’t even know until 2 minutes ago, I was told that “their system can’t be hacked” LOL. Well there’s no other explanation for it. Then I was told nothing can be done, gift cards are treated as cash and can’t be replaced if lost or stolen. Even though I didn’t lose it and it was stolen/hacked from issues on SEPHORAS end; that has obviously been brought to their attention multiple times based on these reviews. I was then told to call my bank. For what? The gift card was valid when it was purchased and then was virtually STOLEN. Should I call my bank when I pull $50 out of the ATM and drop it on the ground without noticing? Why should my bank pay for their fraudulent/shady transactions? Furthermore, I didn’t purchase the gift card and it might be hard to get ahold of the CEO of the large company I work for to let him know the gift card I was given was hacked after purchase and ask for another one since Sephora wont hold themselves accountable. It sounds insane to even have to explain that, and for them to stand by that solution is even worse. THEN when I thought it couldn’t get worse, I asked them if they can see the order that was placed with MY gift card, then can they cancel it? And then credit my account the $50? No, it’s a security issue. But my stolen gift card wasn’t. 

I basically felt like they thought I was the one trying to get $50 out of them and that I was in the wrong for wanting reimbursed. They KNOW this is a problem, so maybe until they can rectify the issue, they should happily credit the customers account and take the loss on the small amount of money they’re losing. I was actually baffled by the way this was handled and never in my life have I stopped shopping somewhere over terrible policies and customer service, until today. I’ll take my thousands spent there a year and go to the actual brands website to purchase. Even reimbursing me the $50 wouldn’t make me go back there at this point. Get it together Sephora, it’s embarrassing. 

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This just happened to me as well. My husband bought me a $75 GC for my birthday, and a $25 one for a promotion. I went to use them today. Both of them are now $0. So freaking upsetting. 

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@ShannSleeze I'm sorry to hear that! I will send you a PM. 

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This just happened to me.  I was unaware of the problems that people were having.  I bought 2 gift cards on the same day at my local CVS and then mailed them to family in different states.  NEITHER card worked.  Sephora could tell us that the cards were used after I bought them but that's it.  How are people doing this without scratching off the pin?

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UGH YES. This just happened to me today! My bridesmaids bought me a $30 gift card last week, we we went in store today to buy makeup for my wedding. Great experience instore, but when we went to check out and scratched off the pin (instore!!) it said it had $0! Apparently there had been a transaction on May 3rd that used the  $30….I just received gift card and scratched off today, May 4th!  So that’s impossible. Totally dampened the joy of buying makeup for my wedding. We left disappointed and received pushback from both the gift card department and the fraud center. Makes me NOT want to continue business with Sephora. 

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Wow I can't believe how often this is happening. I spent over an hour in a Sephora store in NYC with this same problem. My mom gave me a $50 gift card for Christmas and when I tried to use it yesterday, I was told it had a zero balance after a charge on Dec. 13. I hadn't even received the card on Dec. 13! 

 

The location employees were very kind and tried to help by calling customer service but we were told this was a fraud case and out of their hands. I'm a Rouge member and frequent customer and this makes me want to reconsider my loyalty. It's disappointing. 

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I cannot believe that this is a such a common thing. This was my first birthday I asked for a Sephora gift card and was excited to use it for the sale. As soon as I was checking out my card balance was only $2! 

Re: BEWARE! Sephora Gift Card Fraud

Hi @KNSantos,

 

I'm sorry to hear this! I'll send you a private message shortly.

 

Best,

Laurie

Re: BEWARE! Sephora Gift Card Fraud

Agreed! And they use within a couple of days of activation. They know it's an issue and refuse to do anything. I reported to FTC as well. 

Re: BEWARE! Sephora Gift Card Fraud

This is so frustrating currently going through the same thing I  bought a 50$ gift card that I was originally going to gift but ended up keeping it and when I tried using it yesterday balance was 0 

Re: BEWARE! Sephora Gift Card Fraud

@Lizbethriveera I'm sorry to hear that! I will send you a PM. 

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This just happened to me… received gift card as gift on 12/28 and rep told me it was used online 12/23.. the day the card was bought….. I also don’t have 16 digits only 13 please help 

Re: BEWARE! Sephora Gift Card Fraud

@daniiiaug I will send you a PM. 

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Can you please help me as well. I purchased a gift card and all they say is go to the store you purchased it from since you bought it from a third party there is nothing we can do. They made 4 purchases ONLINE and they still can’t help me 

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