Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A SCAM BEING CARRIED ON BY STORE CLERKS

It happened at Wal-Mart a month ago. I bought a bunch of stuff, over $150, & I glanced at my receipt as the cashier was handing me the bags. I saw a cash-back of $40. I told her I didn't request a cash back & to delete it. She said I'd have to take the $40 because she couldn't delete it. I told her to call a supervisor.
Supervisor came & said I'd have to take it. I said NO! Taking the $40 would be a cash advance against my Discover & I wasn't paying interest on a cash advance!!!!! If they couldn't delete it then they would have to delete the whole order.
So the supervisor had the cashier delete the whole order & re-scan everything! The second time I looked at the electronic pad before I signed & a cash-back of $20 popped up. At that point I told the cashier & she deleted it. The total came out right. The cashier agreed that the electronic pad must be defective.
Obviously the cashier knew the electronic pad was defective because she NEVER offered me the $40 at the beginning.
Can you imagine how many people went through before me & at the end of her shift how much money she pocketed?

Just to alert everyone. My co worker went to Wal-Mart last week. She had her items rung up by the cashier. The cashier hurried her along and didn't give her a receipt. She asked the cashier for a receipt and the cashier was annoyed and gave it to her. My co worker didn't look at her receipt until later that night. The receipt showed that she asked for $20 cash back. SHE DID NOT ASK FOR CASH BACK! My co-worker called Wal-Mart who investigated but could not see the cashier pocket the money.
She then called her niece who works for the bank and her niece told her this. This is a new scam going on. The cashier will key in that you asked for cash back and then hand it to her friend who is the next person in line.
Please, please, please check your receipts right away when using credit or debit cards! This is NOT limited to Wal-Mart, although they are the largest retailer so they have the most incidents.

I am adding to this. My husband and I were in Wal-Mart and paying with credit card when my husband went to sign the credit card signer he just happen to notice there was a $20 cash back added. He told the cashier that he did not ask nor want cash back and she said this machine has been messing up and she canceled it. We really didn't think anything of it until we read this email.

THIS SCAM CAN BE DONE ANYWHERE, AT ANY RETAIL OR WHOLESALE LOCATION!!!


I CAN NOT VERIFY THIS EMAIL BUT IT SURE DOESN'T HURT TO ALWAYS EXAMINE YOUR RECEIPTS BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE STORE. I WORKED IN RETAIL FOR MANY YEARS SO I KNOW MANY STRANGE SCAMS CAN HAPPEN BY THE NICEST CLERKS!

3 comments:

SquirrelQueen said...

Thanks for the heads up on this scam. I have a habit of watching the register screen, if it's visible, in stores. I mostly use a debit card so I'm looking at the receipt while still at the counter or before I leave the store to record it in my checkbook. I will pay even more attention now.
Judy

Rae said...

Thanks for the alert!I'm guilty of not paying attention at the checkout or not going over my receipts. It would be easy to scam people this time of year when everyone is in such a hurry and minds are elsewhere! I'll keep a better eye! Thanks!

mistaya's M.O.M. said...

Yes, we all must be more aware of where out hard earned money is going...and keep as much as possilbe!

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