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How to Activate a Prepaid Gift Visa Card By John Marcheur, eHow Contributor

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The VISA prepaid gift card is designed to offer a valuable monetary gift for those who want to enjoy the benefits and purchase power of the VISA name brand. These cards are appropriate for any holiday or celebratory occasion and can act in the place of cash given for gift purposes. The cards can be ordered on the internet via the VISA website or purchased at a store or bank branch.

Things You'll Need
  • Prepaid Visa Gift Card
  • Phone
  • Writing utensil

Instructions

  • 1. Activate the card at the purchase counter. Many Visa prepaid gift cards are activated by a cashier at the point of purchase. The cashier will often notify the customer of point of purchase activation which renders the card ready for immediate use. If the cashier does not verbally verify activation, then ask if the card is active.

  • 2. Follow instructions on the back of the card if the card is not activated at the point of purchase

    , or if an automatic checkout was used. The directions on the card often instruct the customer to call a toll-free number to activate the card. The cardholder may be prompted to provide the full card number prior to activation. If the card will be activated by phone then activation must usually occur before a 24 or 48-hour time period elapses.

  • 3. Sign the card. The activation is not complete before the back of the card is signed. The card holder must place a full legible signature on the back of the card to prevent unauthorized use.

John Marcheur

John Marcheur is a freelance writer who began his professional career in 2010. His writing appears on a number of websites, covering a range of subjects from job search strategies to lifestyle topics and military issues. Marcheur is a military veteran who has studied marketing and small business through Pierce College in Washington.

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