Is there a way to active unactivated gift cards?

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  1. Dominator211
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    Dominator211 JFK's Jelly Donut

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    The question popped into my head last night. How exaclty does the activation process work. Wouldnt it theoredically be possible if you got your hands on a cash register and cards? Not saying i want to do this im just curious.
     
  2. smileyhead

    smileyhead Utterly idiotic

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    I know this sounds weird but can you get the PIN for a bank card without asking the owner?
    I totally didn't rob someone, just curious.
     
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  3. tech3475

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    They’re activated when they’re scanned through the tills, so any stolen cards will be useless until then.
     
  4. Dominator211
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    Dominator211 JFK's Jelly Donut

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    it corssed my mind and there was really no answer online.
     
  5. lukands

    lukands I took the little bus here

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    Yes... watch them enter the PIN or setup a skimmer or a camera. Not really that hard.
     
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    I would imagine there is some sort of authentication involved so only approved stores can activate the cards. Otherwise, it would get hacked.
     
  7. Langin

    Langin HI! ^O^

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    Here in the Netherlands, whenever you scan a card the register makes contact with a server from the company which distributes those cards. After having paid it green lights the activation and it's activated.

    Fast card it is called iirc.
     
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  8. Dominator211
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    Dominator211 JFK's Jelly Donut

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    idk i saw a video by Jstew when toys r us closed down they found a bunch of inactive gift cards.
     
  9. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Wolf-husky™ The plot thickens

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    That's basically the same here in the US.
    Without scanning it through the register, there's no means of activating the cards.
     
  10. Dominator211
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    Dominator211 JFK's Jelly Donut

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    so if someone stole the register you could get it to work
     
  11. Ryccardo

    Ryccardo See you in Eiriel

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    Maybe: at least my bank offers the ability to look it up online, which implies they keep a database and/or are deterministically generated

    Why steal if you could have an accomplice activate them for you or allow you to remote in?
     
  12. Dominator211
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    Dominator211 JFK's Jelly Donut

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    remote into what?
     
  13. Pleng

    Pleng GBAtemp Addict

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    I'm pretty sure that the company would be able to remotely disable the register. Plus they probably require you to log in before you can scan anyway.

    You're probably much better off just stealing stock than the cash register!
     
  14. Saiyan Lusitano

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    Well, bud, that's how it generally works everywhere.
     
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