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How a grocery store in a Cape Breton village foiled a $7,000 gift card scam
Without the help of a sharp grocery store employee, a Cape Breton man would likely have lost thousands of dollars to a gift card scam.
“Basically, the spidey senses kicked in,” said Neils Harbour Co-op employee Susan Dowling. “I went and asked him, ‘Sir, why are you buying all these gift cards?’ And I tried to explain to him that there’s a lot of scams going on.”
After a call to the RCMP, Dowling eventually helped convince the customer he was being conned. She says that most of the money the man lost to the scam was refunded by his credit card provider.
Police say gift cards are a common target for fraudsters because they’re not easily tracked. Read more