Gamestop uses ID scanning SDK to help combat fraud

In the world of retail, where every transaction counts, preventing fraud is a top priority. GameStop, a leading retailer in gaming, technology, and collectibles, faced this challenge head-on with its Trade-In program. To maintain compliance with local and state laws and ensure the security of its transactions, GameStop turned to IDScan.net’s ID Parsing SDK for a solution. In this case study, we’ll explore how GameStop successfully implemented ID scanning to improve the security of their Trade-In program and enhance the overall customer experience.

The challenge

GameStop operates a nationwide Trade-In program that allows customers to trade in their gaming, electronic, and collectible merchandise. However, this program comes with its unique set of challenges, primarily centered around compliance and preventing bad actors from taking advantage of the program. Without identity verification, a criminal could attempt to trade in stolen merchandise and take advantage of the program.

To adhere to local and state regulations, GameStop needed a reliable method for verifying the identity of customers participating in the Trade-In program. This verification process required collecting customer data and ensuring its accuracy.

Scammers and fraudsters are a constant concern for retailers, and GameStop was no exception. Without proper identity verification, the company was exposed to risks such as theft and non-compliance with regulatory requirements.

Software solution

GameStop sought a solution that could streamline its identity verification process while maintaining compliance and security. The answer came in the form of IDScan.net’s ID Parsing SDK. GameStop chose to partner with IDScan.net for several key reasons:

  • IDScan.net’s SDK could recognize and parse information from various forms of identification, ensuring compatibility across states and municipalities.
  • The SDK seamlessly integrated with GameStop’s Point of Sale (POS) environment. This allowed for quick and easy scanning of customer IDs, automating the data entry process.
  • By automating the identity verification process, GameStop significantly reduced the risk of fraud and ensured that only legitimate customers could participate in the Trade-In program.

GameStop integrated IDScan.net’s ID Parsing SDK directly into its POS system. When a Trade-In transaction is initiated, the customer’s ID is scanned, and the required information is automatically populated in the POS system. This eliminated the need for manual data entry, reducing transaction times and enhancing the customer experience.

A typical identity verification workflow for a Gamestop return

Here’s a snapshot of how GameStop’s identity verification process works:

  1. A customer enters the store with merchandise they wish to trade in.
  2. The store associate assesses the value of the items.
  3. Customer information, including a scanned ID, is gathered for compliance and security purposes.
  4. The scanned information populates the required fields in the POS system.
  5. The transaction is finalized, and the customer chooses their preferred method of receiving funds.


Upon the successful integration of IDScan.net’s ID Parsing SDK, GameStop witnessed a transformative impact on its operations. The comprehensive benefits that the company realized spanned several critical aspects of its business.

Firstly, enhanced compliance became a hallmark of GameStop’s operations. The company seamlessly met local and state regulations, ensuring that each Trade-In transaction adhered to the requisite identity verification standards. This newfound compliance not only shielded GameStop from legal liabilities and potential penalties but also bolstered its reputation as a responsible and law-abiding retailer. Customers could trust that their transactions were conducted within the bounds of the law, fostering a sense of security and transparency.

Moreover, the robust fraud prevention capabilities of the ID Parsing SDK were instrumental in safeguarding GameStop against bad actors. Scanning the ID of each customer looking to make a trade ensures that only legitimate owners of the items are able to participate in the Trade-In program. With the ability to accurately verify customer identities, GameStop markedly reduced the risk of fraudulent trades. By prioritizing security and fraud prevention, GameStop demonstrated its unwavering commitment to ensuring a fair and equitable marketplace for both its customers and stakeholders.