Gift Card activation is a process by which the account number associated with the card is ready to receive withdrawal orders and, in some cases, deposit transactions. Next we will explain how to activate a Visa and Mastercard gift card.
An inactive Gift Card will be declined when making a payment, it would simply be a piece of plastic “linked” to an account that is not ready to be used.
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Why activate a Gift Card?
Many providers of gift cards require that the account number linked to a card be activated for the card to function properly when making purchases.
Although activation requires an additional step on the part of the Gift Card recipient, the process allows the supplier to carry out checks for fraud prevention. For example, making sure the card was actually sold and not activated by a thief. In addition, a gift card account can also be canceled if the gift card has been stolen after purchase (for example, by intercepting the mail).
How to activate a Visa and Mastercard gift card
Visa, MasterCard and Discover Gift Cards usually come with activation instructions addressed to the recipient of the Gift Card. The instructions are usually found on a sticker on the front of the Gift Card and also printed on the back of the Gift Card.
To activate the Gift Card, you will need the gift card account number and card verification number (CVN). The account number is usually 16 digits long and is embossed on the front of the card, while the CVN is usually printed on the back of the card, to the right of the signature.
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There are typically two options for activating a gift card. The first option is simple, fast and easy through the provider’s website. If at the time of activation you are not sure of the URL of the page, look in the header or footer of the home page, you will probably find a Gift Card activation link there. From there, you will be prompted to enter your gift card account number and CVN in order to activate the card.
It can be said that the second option is as simple as the first, but it will take you more time because you will have to make a phone call to the provider’s card activation service. Activation by phone is usually done through an automated interactive voice response (IVR) phone system. A computer will prompt you to enter the gift card account number followed by the CVN on your phone keypad.
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After activating a Visa and Mastercard gift card
If you have a physical Gift Card you must sign it before using it. This way, the retailer will be able to compare the signature on the Gift Card with the one on the receipt to verify your identity.
This is a additional security mechanism to help prevent the card from being used by someone else. In many cases, the Gift Card activation process is identical to the balance verification process. Therefore, once you have activated the card, use the same method to check the money you have available.
now that you know how to activate a Visa and Mastercard gift card, we recommend using your card as soon as possible to avoid charges or card expiration.