As with many hoaxes there is a serious message at the heart of this long, rambling story. The serious message is simple:
“Make sure you check your till receipt before leaving a shop”.
This hoax has been doing the rounds of the internet for at least two year, but today was the first time it’s been sent to me. I knew it was a hoax before I even read it. How did I know?
Because NO-ONE ever sends round robin emails warning their friends about real scams/hoaxes etc. It just doesn’t happen, does it?
For those of you who had to read it before realising it was a hoax, these are the things to look for:
a) The ultimate giveaway. Look at the end of the email. Does it tell you pass it on to everyone you know? If it does it is a hoax – ALWAYS. This one tells you to pass it to “your friends, kids and loved ones”. This simply turns you into a spammer.
b) The email is unsigned. Do you know who wrote it? I don’t. Why would you pass on a scare story if you don’t know where it comes from.
NEVER pass on a scare story. They are all hoaxes – and you can do what I do and look them up online before frightening your friends/kids/loved ones.
Checked this out with Sainsburys. They said it had happened and ask you to
sign for cashback. This does not stop
this happening so check receipts is my advice. Cash backs are on the
bottom of till receipts!
Worth a read, better to be safe then sorry.
Please read and pass on to your friends.
Subject: DON’T IGNORE THIS ONE – CHECK YOUR DEBIT/CREDIT CARD RECEIPTS –
THIS IS ANOTHER SCAM THAT HAS REARED ITS
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
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 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????
To make matters worse …THIS SCAM CAN BE DONE ANYWHERE, AT ANY RETAIL OR
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
PASS THIS ON TO YOUR FRIENDS, KIDS, LOVED ONES.