Are cash registers, or cashiers, adding cash-back money to your receipt? Snopes.com may have deemed this a hoax, but SafetySmart Lilburn isn't so sure.
Anytime emails with bold letters scream that there is a danger to everyone, I am inclined to check www.Snopes.com. When “Walmart Cash Back Scam” was entered, Snopes reported that this is a false report: That the only way cash back can be requested is from the customer side of the card reader. The site went on to say that it is probable that the customer “mistakenly hit the wrong button” to verify their signature. However, on Thursday I received a response to the alert sent from SafetySmart Lilburn to neighborhood leaders regarding this concern. Someone in Gwinnett County -- contacted by SafetySmart Lilburn -- made purchases a couple weeks ago at a big-box store and noted a $40 cash back charge added to her receipt. After repeated attempts …
The Better Business Bureau offers tips on how to avoid giving online hackers and scammers a shopping bonanza this Christmas shopping season.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Monday, November 28, 2011
According to shopping experts, Cyber Monday has now become the most popular day to shop for the holidays — and why not? That way you get to avoid all the crowds. However, shopping online opens you up to scammers and hackers just waiting to take advantage of this latest trend. “The convenience and ease of shopping online has replaced the hassle of going to the store for many people—but online shopping has its own set of risks,” said Fred T. Elsberry Jr., president and CEO of the BBB serving Metro Atlanta, Athens and Northeast Georgia. “Taking steps to avoid the fraud online will result in a much happier holiday for everyone — except, of course, for scammers and hackers.” The BBB gives the following 10 tips and reccomendations to avoid …