Bloomingdales Employee Charged In Bogus Gift Card Scam

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is prosecuting a Bloomingdale’s salesperson for running a month-long bogus gift card scam that netted $34,515 from the store, says the NY Sun.

It says Bloomingdale’s sales receipts were the key element of Ms. Ng’s alleged scheme.

After a shopper made a purchase, she would regenerate the receipt. She would then make phony merchandise returns and use the credit to create the gift cards, according to the complaint. Between September 26 and October 3, Ms. Ng is said to have used 36 separate sales receipts to create the fraudulent cards.

A loss prevention officer at Bloomingdale’s informed police of Ms. Ng’s scam, and she was arrested on November 7. At the time of her arrest, police found six of the gift cards in Ms. Ng’s wallet, according to the complaint.

Ms. Ng was charged with a series of crimes at her arraignment the following day, including third-degree grand larceny and second-degree forgery, an official at the Manhattan district attorney’s office said.

The dishonest employee could get seven years in prison for the scheme. We wonder if this person was a shopping addict like this lady.

Bloomingdale’s Saleswoman Is Prosecuted [NY Sun]
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  1. SeattleGuy says:

    It’s not just external thieves who try to cash in on gift card scams.

  2. Kounji says:

    This happened at a lowes along time ago that I worked at. A head cashier had actually been bilking our store out of thousands by doing that. Internal Theft isn’t as common as outside theft, but when it hits it hits really hard

  3. Rando says:

    Rofl what an idiot. She did it all wrong. Her associate ID is all over the receipt and the return receipt.

  4. m4ximusprim3 says:

    Not only that, but sept 26th and oct 3 are only three a week apart. Figure she worked 5, maybe 6 days of that and you get 6-8 gift cards per day.

    Not that I’m advocating stealing from your employer, but at least do it in moderation!

  5. madanthony says:

    The other obvious flaw with this plan is when someone tries to do an actual return of the merchandise, only to be told that it’s already been returned.

  6. Zombietime says:

    A guy who worked at blockbuster in my town got busted for stealing over 60k in dvds and video games in a few months time. He got caught when he tried to pawn 60 dvds and the pawn shop called the cops.

  7. Copper says:

    Yes, well, you don’t hear about the criminals who are smart and don’t get caught, now do you?

  8. gman863 says:

    @Kounji:

    While there may be a greater number of small thefts by shoplifters, studies have shown that up to 80% of a retail business’ “shrink” (loss of funds and items due to theft) is an inside job by employees and/or contractors such as delivery services.

    Although the woman in this story scammed over $34K, it appears store security and management did a good job by catching her within a few weeks of her first theft.

    I once worked for a now-defunct electronics chain. One location in New Orleans had over $500,000 in merchandise grow legs and walk away in under a year. The scam ended when a customer who had a refrigerator delivered called the company and asked why there was a small color TV inside her new ‘frig. Nobody was checking the items loaded onto the delivery trucks — as a result, dishonest employees were stuffing refrigerators, frezers, washers, dryers and ranges with everything from car stereos to computers before these items were loaded onto the delivery trucks.

    It goes without saying that the entire management team was canned for not properly supervising the loading of the delivery trucks. Had it not been for one of scammers forgetting to remove the TV from inside the refrigerator and the customer’s honesty, the theft ring would likely have continued until the day the company shut down.

  9. larkknot says:

    When I worked at a small retail establishment that was part of a nationwide chain… shrink was attributable mostly to one of the (recent) ex-employees. He had been waiting until the other associate at the store was either in the back or out of the store on break and then handing off small valuables to his friends who loitered in the store. To make it even more fun, he managed to take off with the store’s magnetic key, which understandably resulted in more fun thefts. To increase the amount of awesome again, corporate policy dictated that items in the store be arranged as close to their intended layout as possible, giving us little leeway to put the expensive stuff behind the counter to protect it – “security pegs” are worthless when the thieves have the key! Of course, not all the thefts were by employees – we learned not to put anything at all beside the front door, because even the biggest bulkiest box had a good chance of immediately making its way out the door.

  10. Shmonkmonk says:

    It’s funny how employees think that gift cards are the best ways to steal from the company when, in fact, it’s the worst. Gift cards can easily be tracked.

  11. Gaambit says:

    I recall a story my LP Manager was fond of telling years ago when I worked for a nationwide video game chain. We would always have a quick bag and/or pocket check before leaving, and one game seller always seemed to have a Big Gulp with him. He occasionally used to joke with the manager about how thorough he was in his checks, and had said a few times, “Sure you don’t wanna check my drink?” Well, one time the LP guy called his bluff and did…the guy had a baggie at the bottom of the cup with a couple of used Game Boy games in it.

    You NEVER joke with anyone in LP about theft, especially when that someone looks exactly like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in his prime (which our LP manager did. It was always interesting to see some of these kid’s faces after an “interogation”)

  12. wring says:

    OK so a duplicated receipt doesn’t say DUPLICATE RECEIPT??? Must be a glitch in their new register system.

  13. el_smurfo says:

    Tis the season for gift card scams. From the Santa Barbara, CA Sheriff’s Blotter:

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  14. drjayphd says:

    @el_smurfo: Aww, I thought the Macy’s employee, in addition to the theft, dealt with the guy in the street and arrested the drunks. Talk about a letdown, Santa Barbara police blotter.

  15. swvaboy says:

    @Kounji: I would bet one of my 1200 gift cards (yeah right) that based on numbers alone that you have more internal theft than external theft, unless you run a convenience store. And, then there are the inside jobs at convenience.

    Your employee know more about your business then you think.

  16. jooverz says:

    @randotheking: I didn’t know there was a “right” way to steal.

  17. side says:

    @Shmonkmonk:
    Gift Cards are the easiest to convert into money. State of CA says that any Gift Card (not the same as store credit) can be (and must be if requested) exchanged for equal value in cash by the issuer. $1,000 GC = $1,000 cash after a trip to a store.