posted on Dec, 29 2014 @ 05:07 PM
I used to do loss prevention back in the day.
Your license is tied into the POS software and camera system. You had to show ID to return something. I could enter that ID and it would bring up
every interaction you had in any of our stores and also pull the video of you making the purchase/return. Same thing with any gift card/credit card
and checks. The only way not to be in the system was paying with cash.
The system had many built in alerts to detect fraud and would give me a list every day. Most were false, but sometimes they yielded big things.
Gift cards as used as normal currency. Shoplifter goes in, steals stuff, returns it for a gift card, sells gift card to someone for a little bit
cheaper than the actual value and uses the cash to go buy drugs.
It helps identify trends and people that are obviously stealing. There are also a number of other scams with gift cards that I'm not going to share.
It would piss me off showing ID to purchase a gift card. I've never had that happen to me, and since I know some of the reasons it would irritate me
The cash only thing is to deter credit card/check fraud. If you steal someone's card it's a lot easier to buy up a bunch of gift cards then it is to
buy a bunch of expensive and large merchandise. By the time the store is aware, often the gift cards have been sold and spent.
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