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Delray Beach business trying to warn others after being hit by unique card scam

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - It's a situation that has left Merry Riemer, founder of Charity Consignment, scratching her head.

“To be honest with you I've been in business for a long time, I've been in retail all my life, I've never had anything like this happen.”

Her business now out almost $1,200 because of some alleged scam artists.

“All hell broke loose when they pulled it out of our account and said that it was an unauthorized card, and that green dot had rescinded the payment,” she says.

Back in July, she says two men walked into her consignment shop on Congress Avenue in Delray Beach.

By the time the men wrapped up their shopping trip, their bill totaled nearly 12 hundred bucks.

The men handed her a Green Dot Visa card.

“I ran the card like I always do, I put in that there was a charge,” she says.

The transaction went through normally, and the men went on their way.

About a month later, Merry got a call from her bank - she was scammed.

A check of the receipt showing the machine at the time was somehow offline, and the approval code was missing a few numbers.

Police say that's one of the indicators this was a fraudulent transaction.

The company that handles the transactions, First Data, says there's not much it can do.

“They will come in and program our machine so that it doesn't happen again,” Reimer says. “If they knew that this could happen, why would they allow this to happen?”

As Mary fights to get her money back, and police work to figure out what happened, she wants to warn other store owners out there - don't let your guard down.

“Verify some information from them,” she advises.

Delray Police say that verification process should include the following:

  • Don’t have the card reader out where the public can access the machine
  • Match the card number printed on the receipt to the one on the card presented.
  • Ask for identification, and make sure the name on the ID matches the name on the card

Meanwhile, if you have any info on this case, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

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