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    Post New scam…..

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

    It happened at a Wal-Mart Supercenter 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. The 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 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 & rescan everything!

    The second time I looked at the electronic tab 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. (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 & at the end of her shift how much money she pocketed?

    Just to alert everyone. My coworker went to Milford , DE Wal-Mart last week. She had her items rung up by the cashier. The cashier hurried her along & didn't give her a receipt. She asked the cashier for a receipt & the cashier was annoyed but 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! She called Wal-Mart who investigated but could not see the cashier pocket the money. She then called her niece who works for the bank & her niece told her “This is a new scam.” The cashier will key in that you asked for cash back & 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 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 has 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????

    BEFORE LEAVING THE CASHIER'S STATION, CHECK YOUR RECEIPT BEFORE LEAVING THE STAND! I'VE SEEN PEOPLE DO JUST THAT. NOW I'LL START!

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    This is one of the reasons that I have QUIT using my credit cards (don't have a debit card) and have been paying cash for purchases.
    Sweet Caroline

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    I use my debit card like a credit card. I was at Walmart the other day and asked for $20 back (first time I did this) and they wouldn't give it to me because I had used "credit". They said it only works if you use your card as a debit. Wonder if they are changing their policy, or if it's just this store.
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    This is an urban legend that's been circulating for about 10 years: http://www.snopes.com/fraud/atm/cashback.asp

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    WOW, thanks for the post. I can't get cash back on my Visa so I guess I am safe. Hope Walmart is tracking these employees and then firing them.
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    don't you just love people?? thanks. I argued with a man who came to clean my air ducts yesterday for half price of $79.00. he wrote it up for over $600.00 then told me half price would be $349.00. i told him to forget it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EIQuilter View Post
    This is an urban legend that's been circulating for about 10 years: http://www.snopes.com/fraud/atm/cashback.asp
    Why would ljptexas post this.....the exact material from Scopes......to the list if it's untrue? Did she know it was not true before she posted it? Not a good service to the rest of us.

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    I had ordered a light for my kitchen from Home Expo. Ordered the lighting fixture and the installation for $500.00. The installer came over an hour early. I was thrilled because it was going to be done ahead of time, and lots I needed to do that day. Well, the guys come in, unpack the fixture, look at the old one to be removed and walked back & forth made a phone call, then said the store failed to charge me the correct installation rate and it was to cost another $550.00. I was miffed but thought oh well, I need light in my kitchen. Then got my check book and was getting more upset and said I needed to call Home Expo before I give them any money. After all, the original contract was with Home Expo. But surprise, surprise they were not open yet. So I said they would have to come back because I was not going to give them the additional money. The fixture was nice for $500 but not $1000.00. He proceeded to tell me they came down from LA and would not come back today - that was not my concern but the $500.00 difference was upsetting. So they left and when I talked with Home Expo, they said they did make a mistake and it would cost more. So I took it back. When I returned it, the nice young rep was going to charge me 15% for a re-stocking fee. My husband was with me at the time and I asked to talk with the store manager, my husband litteraly stepped back from me (said he was waiting for my head to start spinning) and when the supervisor stepped forward I explained what had happened and said it was obvious the item was not worth $1,000.00 - it was their error, not mine. He said it was odd that a contracted electrician would ask for money because they are paid by corporate, all customers were to pay Home Expo. So he did the full refund.

    I later found out they owed the installation for what the original charge was - the contractor was not to collect any funds from the customer. But then who wants a disgruntled electrician working on their house. My BIL who is in the business told me to report them to the State Licensing Board so I did. And as we all know, Home Expo no longer exists.

    It is so sad there are so many crooks out there it makes us look sideways at everyone.

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    Snopes may say the Walmart story is a hoax, but I had it happen to me at our local Walmart several years ago. Luckily I caught it. My cousin also had it happen at the same Walmart. There is some truth to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginaky View Post
    Snopes may say the Walmart story is a hoax, but I had it happen to me at our local Walmart several years ago. Luckily I caught it. My cousin also had it happen at the same Walmart. There is some truth to it.
    I have found that snopes is not always correct

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollytink View Post
    Why would ljptexas post this.....the exact material from Scopes......to the list if it's untrue? Did she know it was not true before she posted it? Not a good service to the rest of us.
    People get this stuff by email and believe it, and do their best to pass it along to try to help people. Probably not done out of malice.

    In this case, it sounds fishy to me because you can't mix cash back with a merchandise charge on credit cards because most cards have separate rates and an extra percentage fee for cash advances. If it were a story about a DEBIT card it would make more sense since there's no rate or fee involved, but for a CREDIT card it sounds totally bogus to me. Granted, many people don't really understand the difference between the two cards and how the laws and regulations apply to each.

    Remember: credit card transactions are protected by LAW. If you are unlucky enough to experience fraud on your card, 99% of the time (or more) you will get every single penny back within a brief amount of time and with very little work on your side. Debit cards, when used as debit, do NOT have those same protections. When used as Credit, they usually DO have those protections. Personally I use my credit cards everywhere possible. I have had fraud on just about every card I own (one of them got hit for over $8,000 in basketball tickets), and I've always gotten every cent back, usually on the same day I reported it. I just make sure to read my statements and to me the small amount of effort involved in dealing with a fraud claim (usually just one phone call) is worth the hundreds of dollars in points I accumulate and cash in just by using my credit card for every day stuff like groceries and gas (and fabric).

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    Yeah me too!! Don't trust debit cards and have had friends get their accounts get hit and it took over a month for the bank to refund the money!! That's outrageous!!! Pay cash whenever I can!!

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    Gotta chime in here- Keep vigilent! I am so annoyed that somewhere on our RV vacation trip this fall, someone scanned our card into their unidentifiable cell phone and put in a $125 charge on it. When we got home, of course, we went over our expenses and charges and notified the credit card company. So annoying to have to change our credit card with the automatic payments on it, but worth it not to have to pay for the fraud. This has happened to us 3 times, can't remember if they were all when we were traveling, but you gotta keep on top of the opposition! They are always looking for an easy buck!
    KEEP CALM and CARRY ON!!

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    This almost happened at the WalMart near me. I thought about the scam couple weeks ago. I started to key in my code then changed my mind. The clerk said I couldn't do that. I didn't hesitate and called the head cashier over. When the clerk found out I wasn't playing the "game/scam" she looked at the gal behind me and rolled her eyes. Then I really made her mad. Told her I changed my mind on the whole purchase. Left the merchandise behind and went out the door. I did not know an acquaintance of my husband was behind the gal. She said the gal behind me left also after the clerk said; "You can't win them all'. The acquaintance told the mgr. about the situation. Have not seen the clerk since. Watch those receipts. Also if you pay cash be very sure you mix the new and older bills and are careful when you pay with larger bills.

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    Wow! Makes you want to just sit at home and curl up into a ball! I will start looking at all my receipt before I leave the cashier (which should make the next person in line not too happy! will have to speed-read!).
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    Similar incident with a little different twist, wrote a check and requested $10 cash back......got talking with cashier and almost left without my ten cash!!! This happened three times same store different cashier each time. Go to the bank for my cash now.

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    I believe almost none of what gets forwarded to me on emails or posted on FB in this genre. They are almost all fakes. Very easy to check on snopes before passing it along. I would believe Snopes 100 times before I would trust what my husband's crazy cousin sends me.

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    Ok but I have seen another issue at Wal Mart I was standing in line, patiently waiting for the people in front of me, I watched the cashier put some expensive sheets in a bag and set it down beside her on the floor. The people had a cart full of items and they were so busy unloading the cart, etc, they didn't even see the cashier put the bag down. I watched just to see if she gave it to them before they left, clearly she didn't. I quickly paid for my item and went out to find the couple with the large order and advised them what had happened. They returned to the store, but I have no idea what happened next, I was on my way home. But that cashier probably would have kept those sheets. And this is fact, I seen it with my own eyes, not hearsay. LOL And this is not to say every cashier is like this, we just live in desperate times, and I don't think wal mart hires the best of people either. but then they don't offer wages to get in the best Just my opinion.

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    I try to keep in mind what I intend to spend and run a mental total on my grocery items when shopping. If it is larger than I think it should be I stop and start reading my receipt even if there is a long line behind me. No customer is more important than I am at that moment..

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    I was a cashier for many years ( not Walmart) I was a trusted worker and worked in many depts. I was called on to explain a rather large amount missing in my register, I was just sick, my reputation meant the world to me. I could not explain it. Then it came to me, I was told to put my secured # in a register for some new workers so they could start in right away. These new workers were teenagers looking for work to make money to go on to school, They were not properly trained and didn`t know how to do a price check. I not only had to clear my name, but told the new teens how to do it. Them I talked to the store manager. I don`t believe any one touched REGISTER again till they were fully trained. I could have lost my job, and reputation and may never been hired for that type of job again~

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