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04 ScammersFrom jbalazov, TalesFromRetail

So someone explain this one to me.

Work in a retail pharmacy as a shift supervisor and I get a call to the front.

Woman (w) and a man, maybe mid twenties to early thirties are standing at the registers and the cashier (A) tells me they need to know the payment policy on Money Grams. I tell them cash. Always been that way. She protests and asks why. I state that's simply our policy.

(W): "Well then how come I can use a card at other places?"

Me: "I'm not sure. I only know our policy."

Turns out the man she was with was sending the money gram and trying to use a credit card to pay for it. I'm wondering if it was stolen? It just seemed so strange. Especially with how quickly the woman got angry about cash being required. Like she was overly defensive.

The weird part? He was sending it to her. The woman he came in with. In the same store.

Why would someone do this when there's an atm in the same store that charges half the fee?

This screams some kinda scam to me.




Misty Meanor

Sounds like a scam to me.


Stolen card, has to be.


If it was a *credit* card, and not a debit card, it's possible that particular card doesn't allow cash advances. It's likely there's a fee for cash advances, and it could easily be more, combine with ATM fees, than the fees on the moneygram. It's a near certainty that the interest rate on a cash advance is a *lot* more than on a purchase.

But I'd put the odds of a stolen card at about 99.999%.


Stolen card, or some pretty stupid attempts at layering illicit funds. Under no circumstances as a Western Union agent would I process that transaction.

If they ever come in again and try it, get a supervisor. Shut them down. Trust me, it's not worth the headache of being the one who is the agent in charge of processing the funky transaction, whether it's in or out.

Luckily if you're a cash only store (we are too), that does cut down on the potential of stolen cards by roughly 100% LOL


A scam for sure. Turn them out. Also somebody doing multiple transactions of just under $1,000 is trying to skirt the required reporting to the feds, which is there to prevent criminals money laundering.

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