PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — A Target cashier in Peachtree City is under investigation for gift-card fraud.
Police say the cashier loaded more than two dozen gift cards with nearly $1,000 each, but never accepted payment for them.
Officers believe two suspects convinced the woman to do it, telling her they would be able to override the gift-card transaction so Target would never know. Police say that wasn’t true.
"It all happened in one day. It took about 10 or 15 minutes. It's quick. They swipe a card, and don't accept payment. Swipe the next card, and don't accept payment. Over and over again,” investigator Tim Pierson said.
Police believe it's linked to a bust in Buckhead last week where detectives caught two suspects trying to activate $14,000 in gift cards.
Detectives say some of the cashiers were recruited in the store parking lots. They believe the thieves offered the cashiers a cut if they went along.
“These suspects have contacted employees through social media -- even in the parking lot when employees on break have been approached,” Pierson said.
Target’s security discovered more than $200,000 in fraud at multiple stores, detectives say.
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