Consumers with a Visa gift card can use it for purchases at any stores or online merchants that accept Visa. Various banks and financial institutions issue the Visa gift cards with their own brands featured on the card. Each issuing bank also sets the terms and conditions for that particular card, as well as the method for activating it.
Contact Issuing Bank
Most cards automatically activate at the time of purchase. If your card does not, check the back of the card for a customer service phone number or website where you can register it. Some cards come with a sticker on the front that includes the number or website to use to register. Typically, when registering, you’ll need the card’s account number and 3-digit CVV number on the back. Some issuing banks also ask for an email address or phone number.
Benefits of Registering
Each issuing bank requires you to activate your card so your name is attached to that card’s number, preventing anyone else from using it. Registering your card allows you to check your balance online and view the terms and conditions for the card. It also allows you to report a lost or stolen card.
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