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    Feds Crack Down On Gift Card Fee And Restriction Abuses | Facebook

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve on Monday proposed new rules to protect consumers from unexpected costs or restrictions on gift cards.

    More than 95 percent of Americans have received or purchased gift cards, the Fed said.

    Under the proposed rule, consumers must have at least five years to use the gift cards before they expire. The Fed also said service or inactivity fees can be imposed only under certain conditions.

    Such fees can be charged if the consumer hasn't used the card for at least a year, if the consumer is given clear disclosures about them and no more than one fee is charged a month, the Fed said.

    The Fed said the new provisions are slated to take effect on Aug. 22, 2010.


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