Alleged scam is urban legend

This is a scam that can be done anywhere: retail, wholesale, any location. Or so the story goes.

Allegedly it happened to a person who had purchased items at a Wal-Mart. But, according to snoops.com, this reported scam is nothing more than an urban legend.

Here is what is alleged:

“I bought a bunch of stuff, over $150, and 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 and 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 and said I’d have to take it! I said NO!

“Taking the $40 would be a cash advance against my Discover and I wasn’t paying interest on the 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 and rescan everything!

“The second time I looked at the electronic tab before I signed and a cash-back of $20 popped up. At that point I told the cashier and she deleted it. The total came out right. The cashier said that the electronic pad must be defective. (yeah, right!) Obviously the cashier knew the electronic pad wasn’t defective because she NEVER offered me the $40 at the beginning. Can you imagine how many people went through before me and at the end of her shift how much money she pocketed?

“Just to alert everyone, my coworker went to a Milford , DE 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 coworker 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 coworker 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 is a new scam. 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.

“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. Also my husband and I were in Wal-Mart North Salisbury and paying with a credit card. When my husband went to sign the credit card signer, he just happened 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 had been messing up and she canceled it.

“We 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?”

So a word to the wise…Always check your receipt BEFORE leaving the checkout station.

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