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It’s becoming more and more frustrating to hear about a new scam taking place. The thieves and liars who used to quietly pull off a job, if they were lucky, have become so brazen that it’s almost commonplace to be approached by a scam artist on a regular basis. 

The other day a reader brought in a letter she’d received with a postage paid permit from Hong Kong. 

The certificates inside that assured her she was the recipient of $4.7 million were ridiculously fake looking and right down laughable. 

I’m sure box holders clear across the county got the very same amazing news—they were going to be millionaires!  

Of course—there’s only one thing they need to release the money, -a little fee of $20, and it could be paid by check, money order, cash or credit card. Credit card was the obvious preferred method, for there was a large space for filling in the number, expiration date plus the three-digit code on the back of the card. 

Listen, people! Don’t get sucked in. None of this stuff is real. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received similar promises of being awarded money.....I was the lucky chosen one, it’s a miracle, yadda, yadda—and the very same piece of mail is piled high in the trash can at the post office.

Just beware—if something sounds too good to be true, it certainly is.  

There are some thieves getting by with it, however, such as the scam I’m attaching here that I received in an e-mail last week. 

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s the time of year when crooks pop their heads up. Just be careful, and never, ever, ever give out financial or personal information over the phone.

Jan Rahn

It happened at Wal-Mart (Supercenter Store #1279, 10411 N Freeway 45, Houston, TX 77037 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. 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 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!

 he 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?

 ust to alert everyone. My co worker went to Milford, DE Wal-Mart 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 Wal-Mart 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 line.

 lease, 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

  am adding to this. My husband and I were in Wal-Mart North Salisbury 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.

  wonder how many “seniors” have been, or will be, “stung” by this one????