From the please-retrain-the-employees-dept:
Metro Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for tips leading to the location and arrest of two suspects involved in several credit card purchasing scams committed in the Hattiesburg area – the most recent on Jan. 5 at Hattiesburg Cycles in the 6400 block of U.S. 49.
Suspects entered the business, selected merchandise worth almost $8,000. They handed a credit card with no financial backing to the clerk which when swiped was rejected by the cash register’s computer. The suspects then informed the clerk that this rejection was expected and to contact the credit card company by phone to receive a payment approval confirmation code. The clerk was then given a number to call which was answered by another person in the scam who approved the purchase and gave a bogus confirmation number. The suspects then left the store with the unpaid for merchandise.
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