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Consumer brief (12/26/2007)

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* FRESNO, Calif. (12/27/07)--Thinking of buying or trading a gift card on an online auction site? Think twice: That discounted card for sale may not be legitimate, and the person trying to unload it may be a con artist. It’s estimated that 2% to 30% of all cards sold on secondary sites are fraudulent. The National Retail Federation recommends you buy gift cards directly from reputable retailers, although one site--PlasticJungle.com--recently beefed up security measures and reimburses customers for losses (FresnoBee.com Dec. 13)…