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Watch out for this scam

PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:50 pm
by BigAl
This came from a friend elsewhere.

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 Credit card & 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 Milford , Sainsburys 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 Sainsburys 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 the queue.

Please, please, please check your receipts right away when using credit or
debit cards!

This is NOT limited to Sainsburys; they are one of the largest retailers so
they have the most incidents.

I am adding to this. My husband and I were in Sainsburys 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.

I wonder how many "seniors" have been, or will be, "stung" by this one????

To make matters worse ...THIS SCAM CAN BE DONE ANYWHERE, AT ANY RETAIL OR WHOLESALE LOCATION!!!

BEFORE LEAVING THE CHECK-OUT........CHECK YOUR RECEIPT!!!!!

Re: Watch out for this scam

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:46 am
by whitevanman

Re: Watch out for this scam

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:33 pm
by Digger
I thought that it sounded like a hoax but checked and couldn't find it on Hoax Slayer. Didn't check the stopes site.

Actually, the only time I ever get asked if I want cash-back is when I use my VISA debit card. I never get asked when using my credit card (which is most of the time) and would have thought very few people would use it anyway as you're charged for the cash withdrawal and interest until paid back.

Re: Watch out for this scam

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:40 pm
by Caz
It's just amazing how many of these fake scam alerts are still going round after so many years. I still get e.mails from people who believe them and a lot of them I've had several times before. I had one today about the parcel post scam that we posted about on here a long time ago.

Re: Watch out for this scam

PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:15 pm
by Digger
Yes, that one is doing the rounds again, started 2005!!

Re: Watch out for this scam

PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:14 pm
by BigAl
Thanks peeps :D

Have passed it back to whence it came :) :)

Re: Watch out for this scam

PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:34 pm
by Warsop Person
I must admit when I first read it I thought it sounded like a hoax, purely because you can’t get cash back on a credit card only a debit card which the mention of interest confirmed it was a credit card that was being referred to.

Re: Watch out for this scam

PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:35 am
by Caz
We've received a memo at work tellling us to ignore the postal scam e.mail that's going round as it was closed in 2005. See the website. http://www.phonepayplus.org.uk/output/news/Postal-scam-chain-email-PhonepayPlus-statement.aspx