If you plan on buying a gift card, Bancroft OPP wants you to check the barcode on the back.

That’s because of a new gift card scam that has been reported to police in Ontario. Constable Phillippe Regamey says scammers are putting altered stickers over the genuine barcode.

Regamey says this is a new scam, and there haven’t been any cases of it so far in the North Hastings area. But he says police still want to make sure everyone knows about it because scams can spread quickly.

If it turns out the barcode has been tampered with, Regamey says you should go back to the business where you bought it with the receipt to let them know. You should also report it to police.