This story was sent to me via a social media thread and hope everyone reads this and pays great attention to their receipt next time they go shopping.
These are a series of accounts if experiences by different people who if not for their diligence, would have lost money to unscrupulous check-out cashiers
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 amount of £40. I told her I didn’t request a cash back & asked her to delete it. She said I’d have to take the £40 because she couldn’t delete it. I asked 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 entire order.
So the supervisor had the cashier delete the 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 & this time, 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 Sainsbury’s Milford, 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 annoyingly 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 Sainsbury’s who investigated but could not see the cashier pocket the money. She then called her niece who works for a bank who told her about the new scam going on. The cashier will key in that you asked for cash back and then hand it to her accomplice who is the next person in the queue.
Please, please check your receipts right away when using credit or debit cards!
This is NOT limited to Sainsbury’s; they are one of the largest retailers so they would have the most incidents.
Another victim of the scam says “My husband and I were in Sainsbury’s and paying with credit card. When he went to sign 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 cancelled 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???
Please be vigilant and always check your till receipt before leaving the till especially when doing big shopping.