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Another scam

I cut and pasted the below from my email - I personally normally DO check my receipts, not because of this scam that I hadnt heard of before, but because fairly frequently it is wrong in some way - offers havent come off, or something is the wrong price. Once I had a bag of sweets go from 50p to 5.00

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CHECK YOUR RECEIPTS BEFORE LEAVING THE CHECK-OUT

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!!!!!

THIS COULD HAPPEN ANYWHERE. CHECK YOUR RECEIPT BEFORE LEAVING THE STAND. I'VE SEEN PEOPLE DO JUST THAT. NOW I'LL START! PASS THIS ON TO YOUR FRIENDS, KIDS, LOVED ONES.

Posted at 23rd Nov 2010 - 08:15AM   Posted by Faith   Another scam Comments: 9

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar This is interesting because just before I read this my husband and I were discussing a recent purchase of petrol. We had just arrived back in the U.K and had stopped at a service station along the M4 and filled up.
This morning Jim had the car filled up again and commented that there was a large difference in the cost - the previous one being about 25 more. As we had been out of the country for 7 months and using euros and, of couse, being 'seniors' the idea of someone diddling him had not occurred to us. I suspect it was a scam like the one above. We are trying to find the reciept - not much hope.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 23rd Nov 2010 at 09:33AM

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CalicoKate's Avatar Heavens! Shocked So pleased I don't use or even HAVE a credit card! I suspect that it could happen with a debit card too though, so will def check. Not enough in our account for us never mind having someone else swipe it!

Posted by: CalicoKate on 23rd Nov 2010 at 09:42AM

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CalicoKate's Avatar Oh it's just occured to me if I get cash back at the Co-Op which is our local supermarket they ask us to initial that we have received it. I always thought it was incase a customer came back in and said that they hadn't had it, it could also be used the other way around too, as proof that they didn't ask for it!

Posted by: CalicoKate on 23rd Nov 2010 at 09:44AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Thankyou Faith....dodgy practise indeed...although we shop at the co-op as well and ours also ask you to sign the receipt so I guess if we went back with an unsigned one with cash back on it, as CK says it would prove we didn't get it...but will still be checking our receipts before we leave.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 23rd Nov 2010 at 11:07AM

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Milla's Avatar Sainsburys here always initial the receipt and put "2x20, 1 x 10" - actually think it would be quite hard to do, but will def keep an eye out. Like most people, I just chuck the receipt once home without looking at it unless I need to return something.

Posted by: Milla on 23rd Nov 2010 at 11:35AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Yup they initial in our Co-op as well, but I now mostly order from Asda so can check the bill before I press the submit button.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 23rd Nov 2010 at 02:55PM

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Camilla's Avatar Thank you for bringing this to our attention Faith, will definately keep a look out in future.

Posted by: Camilla on 23rd Nov 2010 at 05:37PM

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Angel's Avatar That is shocking Faith. Well done for bringing it to everyones attention
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Posted by: Angel on 23rd Nov 2010 at 07:12PM

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Boudicca23's Avatar I always use the handheld zappers in our Sainsburys which gives you a running total as you're going along so you can always tell if there's a massive discrepancy when you get to the till.

Posted by: Boudicca23 on 24th Nov 2010 at 11:04AM

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