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Andersonville Store Falls Victim To Retail Scam After Woman Steals $2K In Merchandise

A new scam that is hitting the Chicago area has reached a retail store on the Andersonville strip. It resulted in a young woman walking out the door with over $2k in merchandise.

The young female, in her early 20s, walked into Turley Road at 5329 N. Clark last Thursday. She quickly talked up the employees and picked out the merchandise.

When she got to the register, she asked the cashier to punch in a code before she ran the credit card through the machine after providing a false story. The card was not declined and the sale went through – or so they thought.

What the code triggered is called a ‘force sale.’ A force transaction takes an existing authorization number obtained from an Auth Only transaction and forces the sale through so the merchant may receive those funds. Unused funds from an authorization are immediately freed for the customer to use. Though the sale seemed to go through, the machine was actually offline.

When the owner of the shop discovered the scam after the woman was already gone, she was extremely upset. They have since filed a police report and have handed over surveillance photos of the woman in their store to authorities. They have also posted images of the woman on the Turley Road Facebook page in hopes someone will recognize the suspect.

Turley Road owner Angela Turley said, “This was a professional. This is a grifter.”

According to CBSnews, the same woman hit the Lazy Dog Antique Shop in Lakeview back in January, scamming the store out of about $3,300.

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