Walmart Rejects Con Men's First 12 Fake Credit Cards - Then Accepts 2

Perhaps the cashier should have gotten suspicious as they casually swiped a stack of credit cards, watching one after another get rejected. But no.


By Christine DiGangi

If the idea behind a scam is to avoid getting caught, you'd expect subtlety would be a component in the operation. Not so for this pair of credit card fraudsters in Virginia: One guy tried eight credit cards while checking out at a Walmart (WMT) -- they were all rejected -- until the ninth one worked. A second suspect swiped four duds before the Walmart cashier accepted his fifth card.

All the card numbers had been stolen, but the two winners hadn't yet been canceled. The pair also allegedly used the cards at a GameStop (GME) in the same shopping center. Police have released security footage of the suspects.

Once the cardholders discovered the fraudulent transactions, it probably wasn't too difficult to trace them back to the men with their stacks of cards, swiping till something worked. It's not common practice to nonchalantly shuffle through half-dozen rejected credit cards in the checkout line.

The thieves never nabbed the physical cards from their rightful owners; they programmed stolen credit card data onto fake cards, which is a common manifestation of credit card fraud. Hackers sell credit card data in the black market online (that's what happened to some card numbers stolen during the Target breach), which other criminals can use to make online purchases or to manufacture their own cards. For the fraudsters, the key is making purchases before the cardholder or their issuer notices the transactions, because the spree stops there.

There's not a lot consumers can do to prevent fraud, though it helps to use strong passwords, avoid unsecured Internet connections, and never save financial information in Web browsers. Still, breaches happen, so the best way to protect yourself from fraud is to regularly check your accounts for unauthorized transactions. If you're worried about identity theft, you may also want to monitor your credit scores. You can see two of your credit scores for free every month on

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The retailer holds no responsibility here?

May 26 2014 at 12:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's what they get for paying min wage and not hiring full time workers, what do they care!

May 23 2014 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What good American would want to shop at wal mart.

May 23 2014 at 3:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Two cards, maybe, but when someone gets up to 3 credit cards rejected - it's time to call security and the police.

Our local Walmart had a female cashier stealing card numbers back when they asked customers if they wanted their receipts.

May 23 2014 at 2:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Philemon Schellenger

We have to be trusting.

May 23 2014 at 12:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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1 reply to PAWS UP1's comment

good potential Gov employee

May 23 2014 at 1:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Certainly, we have the right to know the extent of her injuries in order to know if she can do her job. As a potential candidate, she should also come healthy as that would aide in my decision to vote for her or not.

May 22 2014 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

did the register say declined or card stolen since the consumers put a stop on their cards......

May 22 2014 at 9:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And why is it that these people should make $15/hr again? They cannot even use a modicum of common sense. Why did security not get notified after the first four or five? Really?

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