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Saks Amex Offer Website Caution
One of the better deals around now is the Saks Amex Offer. A lot of people have decided to take advantage of this offer by purchasing gift cards and reselling them. That can certainly be a good way to earn points and perhaps even a small profit, but there is one very scary thing you should know about when shopping on Saks.com. It may not be secure.
I had first heard rumblings of carts getting “mixed up” back when this offer began, but it wasn’t until Miles to Memories contributor PDX Deals Guy sent me screenshots that I realized just how dangerous this was. It all started innocently with him buying gift cards to trigger the offer. After logging in and clicking to checkout, he saw the following.
I have redacted most of the letters/numbers to protect the parties involved, so let me walk you through this. PDX Deals Guy was suddenly in someone else’s account. At the top left was the other person’s full name, billing address, telephone number and email address. He also was able to see the last four digits of the payment method and all of the payment methods linked to the account. You can see below which areas he had access to.
Going back to the first screenshot, the “From”, “To” and “Recipient’s Email” were from PDX, meaning he theoretically could have used the other person’s credit card to send himself a gift card. Of course he didn’t complete the checkout, but he believes it would have gone through since no security code was required.
How to Avoid These Issues
The best way to avoid any issues is to use Guest Checkout. Saks has pretty tight fraud protection on gift card purchases so it might take a few days for your order to complete, but using guest checkout should work and more importantly it will avoid them storing your name, address or credit card information.
If you absolutely must use your online account, make sure no payment information is saved in it. Also remember that you can use this offer in-store as well.
If you discover someone has made unauthorized purchases on your Saks account, contact them immediately. Hopefully Saks will make it right, but if not you should be protected by your bank.
This is a big problem that Saks really needs to solve. Hopefully a fix is on the way soon, because no one wants other people to have their information and/or access to their account. Have you seen similar issues when shopping on Saks? Let us know in the comments!
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