A new self-checkout scam at Walmart is costing customers hundreds of dollars — and it’s hard to spot.
Always check your receipt before leaving the store, as mysterious charges can hurt your wallet.
An anonymous customer was shopping at a Walmart in Spring, Texas and called up an item using one of the self-checkout kiosks.
However, a shopper friend noticed that some items were higher than they should have been and asked to double check the receipt.
One thing my friend noticed was a $20 charge.
The product description on the receipt only said “debit load”.
There was also a $4.94 charge that simply said “visa”.
When they both asked customer service about the bill, a Walmart employee reportedly told her there was a new scam going on.
This scam works when someone initiates the process of purchasing a prepaid Visa card and leaves the kiosk without completing the transaction.
Scammers wait to initiate checkout at a kiosk after someone has left, hoping they won’t realize they already have an outstanding card in the system.
An unidentified shopper who shared the story with Classic Rock 96.1 said the culprit was still in the store and was arrested after being caught on security footage.
Scams are still likely to occur after the holiday season is over, so it’s important to stay vigilant.
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