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An Andersonville, Illinois clothing boutique was scammed out of $2,000 by a woman using a “forced sale” scam. The woman told an employee she was an aspiring model.

The wispy-thin woman in her early 20s walked into the Turley Road boutique, located at 5239 N. Clark St., on Thursday afternoon, July 6.

After bringing $2,000 worth of clothes to the cash register, the customer presented a driver’s license “before I asked,” said store employee Sarah Mergener.

“It’s rare for a girl of that age to have purchased so much without blinking an eye, but we really don’t make judgments here,” said Mergener. “We don’t really think that way unless we’re forced to.”
 
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The customer told Mergener she needed the outfits for a job interview.

“She told me she was a model and was trying to get pieces for an interview. She tried on a few things pretty quickly and brought a bunch of stuff” up to the counter, Mergener said, according to DNAinfo.com.

The customer told the employee she was traveling from out of town, and her bank provided her with a merchant code so her credit card would not be declined.

The customer typed a code into the credit card terminal, which employees believe caused the machine to go “offline”. Moments later the credit card was approved.

“Part of me was a little questioning,” said Mergener, “but if the card would’ve been declined” it would’ve raised red flags.”

According to DNAinfo.com, the employees didn’t realize the store had been defrauded until closing time. That’s when they noticed the sale had not gone through.

Turley Road posted the woman’s photo and an offer of a reward on Facebook.com.

The post’s opening sentence read: “Satan’s spawn paid Turley Road a visit yesterday and stole $2000.”

Another boutique owner saw the post and believes the same woman hit her shop with a “forced sale” scam in January.

“This was a professional. This is a grifter,” says Lisa Piemonte, who has run the Lazy Dog Antique Store for 13 years.

Piemonte said the woman scammed the antique store out of $3,500 worth of antique gold estate jewelry.

“She told me the transaction would be declined. She told me what would happen,” said Jennifer Bell, the antique store employee who rang up the purchases.

Bell said the customer gave her a set of instructions to override the decline and entered a pin code into the credit card terminal.

The employee didn’t realize the transaction was fraudulent until a week later — and by then surveillance camera footage had been automatically deleted.

The credit card company “was basically like, ‘Sorry, there is nothing we can do,'” Bell said. “They took the money back and basically said they never did this.”

A forced sale scam occurs when someone types a combination of numbers into a terminal that allows stores to override a declined credit card.

“It does not actually matter what code the merchant types into the terminal. Any combination of digits will override the denial. So long as the customer provides a fake authorization code and convinces the merchant to enter it into the terminal, the transaction will go through, said the NJ State Attorney’s Office in a press release after a similar scam was run in 2014.

Store owners hope the press coverage will help others before they are victimized by the same woman.




  • Hmmm~?

    Never knew about this…. ?

  • Chassidy Jackson

    Aah America’s most precious gem, the white woman. I can’t help but to wonder if a black woman attempted a “forced sale” would it been done?

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    this THUG stole thousands of dollars… what a shame. This THUG needs to be LOCKED up immediately… These Thugs are getting out of hand with their thuggery .. OH THE BECKERY!

  • free

    White privilege is something else!

  • DynoMight

    Bekeisha with (what society calls) the “bad hair” couldn’t have done this. The minds eye needs a new prescription and new glasses or contacts… and not the fake eye color kind. Wow.

  • Bella Boss

    OF COURSE NOT. POLICE WOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED IMMEDIATELY!!!!

  • hotntot95

    Hey…they got robbed without a gun…
    ?.I wonder if her skin color had anything to do with it??

  • GuestSTAR

    Lol @ allowing this Becky to override her own credit card decline. Like WTF!!!!

  • Sorry_Not_Sorry

    I’m going to go ahead and say it if she was black this would have never happened

  • Lady_Elle

    YEP!!!

  • Coy little wink

    Good luck ID’ing this broad…these pink toes all look alike. that could be Hailey Baldwin, Taylor swift…the chick two doors down from me ?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    If Shaquanda or Tamika wanted to do that, I bet they wouldn’t have allowed it.

  • Intellectual by Nature!

    Agreed.

  • Intellectual by Nature!

    Dying at Beckery!!!!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    “we really don’t make judgments here,” said Mergener. “We don’t really think that way unless we’re forced to.”
    —–
    Yup. Like, if the skin complexion is too dark.

  • Shira Harding-James

    If she were black….. well you know the rest, but just in case you don’t.

    She would of been judged and questioned and the arrested

  • GuestSTAR

    You ain’t neva lied.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Lmbo

  • Shira Harding-James

    Hell Naw!

  • Shira Harding-James

    And you know this!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    But people say “white privilege” isn’t real tho…
    😐

  • Coy little wink
  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    This white-on-white crime needs to stop, asap!

  • stav

    Mos def could see Hailey Baldwin!

  • Coy little wink
  • stav

    And as we see it can work against them ! All those that got off of this crime and that crime in the name of having white skin, it’s only making things worse for “Them”.

  • stav

    She told the truth , they don’t make judgments for those with pale skin, anyone with color would have been judged coming in the door!

  • DynoMight

    Good point. Meanwhile, “they” are at target practice teaching “their” children how to hunt and shoot. “Get Out” takes on a new meaning… Unbelievable.

  • SuperScooper1

    THIS! I show ID with each credit card transaction and still get a side-eye on my AMEX. Obviously this girl had the complexion for the connection which leads to exemptions and exceptions.

    Am I supposed to feel sorry for the business? Uh, have your staff act a bit more professionally and you won’t have to worry about these kinds of things.

    http://weknowmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/free-shrugs.jpg

  • SuperScooper1

    Perhaps they’ll learn a lesson from this. i.e. Don’t trust “aspiring models” who look like meth addicts who’ve been up for 3 days straight…

  • Ebony Starr

    Aspiring model=broke!

  • Kanyade

    “Beckery” LOL!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Bwahahaha!!! Good cause a lil negr0 woman WITH MONEY wouldve been under surveliance questioned and treated like a vagrant. FOH…I HOPE SHE RIP ‘EM ALL OFF!

  • klwbaby

    So they believed she was an aspiring model??, they deserved to be scammed.

  • ShWa

    Oh Welp….

  • ShWa

    True….

  • Nonya Bizness

    “the customer presented a driver’s license “before I asked,” . Shut up. You messed up. 9/10 times I’m handing my license to the clerk with my credit card, because it’s rare for them to ask for it. I’m sure this country is full of “Aspiring Models”. Look at IG.

  • Anunnaki

    Looks like she gave them her IMF account number and all transaction will be approve. oh well

  • ShWa

    Hail Naw they wouldn’t and that’s what they get for underestimating her LOL

  • ShWa

    Absolutely, anybody else would have had the Feds watching…

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    She’ll get caught eventually. Then watch the judge give her 60-90 days…
    Meanwhile, “Shaquanda Washington” would probably get 8-10 months for something like this.

  • Justlooknout

    That’s who be doing all the theft. whoipeepole

  • SuperScooper1

    “You can steal more with a pen than a gun” as the old folks say.

  • Luv Pitties

    How in he world did they think she could be on the same ranks as a VS model, Gigi Hadid or anyone of those other ones. I only know of that Gigi girl from this site

  • imright

    they would have never given that merchandise to a black girl.

  • MistaO

    Please, she gets caught, crys in court, that broad ain’t getting a bit of time. They’ll place her in a week long “diversion” program at worse .

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    True. Especially if daddy has money to pay a good lawyer.

  • http://www.mylifeinlame.com/?m=1 Kimberly

    They wouldn’t have taken any special merchant codes from someone black. Serves em right.

  • Malai

    I’m happy she got over on their asses cuz if she was black this would’ve never ever happened

  • MistaO

    Come on, you know good and well she wouldn’t need a good lawyer. She can walk in there with the worse public defender and still get favorable treatment…

  • Rayne

    If i would’ve tried this I would have been arrested. Believe that!

  • chaisun

    “It’s rare for a girl of that age to have purchased so much without blinking an eye, but we really don’t make judgments here,” said Mergener. “We don’t really think that way unless we’re forced to.”

    So you’re saying you don’t do it unless they’re black, oh okay. Thats what they get, if they would have treated this “fair” skinned white woman the exact same way they’d treated someone in the situation but they were black or brown they wouldn’t be in this mess. Any black person that worded higher end retail would know that the biggest thief is a white woman, contrary to what everyone else is told to think. Tell me why I am suppose to feel bad again?

  • Jamal Warner

    That is exactly what I was thinking. Her age and race did not race to the level of concern. If it was black, they might have called the band and credit card company. Since she was a white female they took her at face value.

  • Shira Harding-James

    I still have seen this movie!

  • Shira Harding-James

    “They” don’t think it’s real lol

  • Shira Harding-James

    Right?! And watched!

  • Shira Harding-James

    Need to train the employees better than that because the way that transaction was set up….didn’t sound right nor did it make any sense!

  • DynoMight

    Lol… You must, my beautiful Sister. The messages are undeniable, blatant for those of us who “Stay Woke” and challenging for those who focus on the wrong ish. “Get Out” and bring a friend with you. ?

  • klwbaby

    I hope everyone has a good day. I’m about to take my black azz to the mall and see how far I can get with some merchant codes…???

  • Noirluv45

    Most of you guys said exactly what I was going to say. “It’s rare for a girl of that age to have purchased so much without blinking an eye, but we really don’t make judgments here,” said Mergener. “We don’t really think that way unless we’re forced to.” “Forced to” = Black people.

  • Miami8981

    Does anyone want to work a legal job anymore? I used to hand out money to every Tom, Dick, Crazy Ray Ray, Lazy Suzy and Shaniqua that would ask for money at my local 7-11. I stopped because the scam was on a different level. I told myself these people surely can get a job at McDonald’s or Burger King where I believe they don’t do a background check. And then I thought maybe they can’t get a job because during the interview process it became clear they were crazy and unstable from consistent drug use or maybe this was their hustle for life and didn’t want a job.

    My point being this. Most of the people begging for money at every store entrance has some fault to lay at their own hand for not being able to get a job and for some not wanting a job. That’s on them. Don’t blame other people who are tired of handing out money.

    This girl that scammed the store out of $2,000 in clothing scamming IS her job. Unfortunately, it’s an illegal job so she’ll serve time when they catch her. She’ll get out and be in front of somebody’s 7-11, gas station or standing in the street asking for money because she messed up her “good name” and ability to clear a “background check”. Everybody’s name is good until you EFF it up.

    My sons are grown and I have always told them “don’t mess up your good name” and don’t mess up your ability to “pass a background check” just in case you ever need to change jobs. Praise God being in their ear like that has worked.

  • Guess Who

    LMAO…had this been a black woman, she would have needed to show 2 forms of ID, gave a blood sample, showed another credit card for identification purposes, of course, had the police called on her, got tasered, dragged to the squad car and end up “committing suicide” in her jail cell.

  • Noirluv45

    …all before the police showed up.

  • Anunnaki

    agreed

  • Lisa daniels

    Well damn

  • yvette46

    If she was black there would have been a lot of questions! !

  • Monique B

    LMAO,THAT WHAT THEY GET!! JUST BECAUSE SHE WHITE.

  • Malai

    Such a beautiful baby ??

  • HalleMerry

    Legally you don’t have to show your I.D. As long as the card is signed,I make SURE to remind retailers of this if they dare ask for my I.D.

  • yvette46

    That’s exactly what they get with their racist arse..??

  • SuperScooper1

    Thank you for the tip; It’s usually “easier” to show ID with the card but I’m going to stand my ground next time it comes up. Thanks!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Sounds like you raised your sons right. My mom and the other adults in my life used to say the same type of stuff to me growing up. Now today I feel blessed that I’ve never seen the inside of a jail, and have never had handcuffs on me for any reason.

    A lot of dudes I grew up with just weren’t scared of jail or getting an arrest record. But now even though they’ve put their wild days behind them, they’re still paying a price for some dumb stuff they did at 16,18, etc.

  • HalleMerry

    She meant to say ” We don’t judge the people who look like us.”

  • freelancepimp .

    “It’s rare for a girl of that age to have purchased so much without
    blinking an eye, but we really don’t make judgments here,” said
    Mergener. “We don’t really think that way unless we’re forced to.” as in the person is Black.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Lemme know how it goes… Ima put on a blonde wig and some blue contacts and see if I can get away with about $5,000 at least…

  • Coy little wink

    Isn’t she ? she’s not mine tho

  • Quitedeliteful

    I respect this girl’s hustle!!! White privilege at its finest!!! She sashayed in their and took them to the cleaners — “Part of me was a little questioning” — but not enough to stop the transaction. They would have stripped searched me, made me show my passport and called my job to verify employment before letting this transaction go through if this were me…

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    Girl!! AFTER, the follow my black ass around the store. And when they did the article on me, I would not be refered to as a “customer”, like in this article. I’d be referred to as a thief.

  • Miami8981

    Thank you. I appreciate the compliment. I tried my best to raise my sons the best I could as a single parent.

    You’re right too. What these people do in their youth will follow them when they’re older and have given up that life but for some it’s too late.

    I, too, am so thankful that I have never seen the inside of a jail and have never been handcuffed. I was raised by a single mother who didn’t play. Fortunately, she is still with us and is proud to say that out of her 8 youngins, 1 was assistant to a federal judge, 1 is a registered nurse, 1 worked 30 years at the post office and never went postal on anyone. I worked over 25 years in the legal field, 2 brothers served honorably in the army and have careers after that and 1 brother has been a manager at the same job coming up on 20 years. Fine adults raised by a single black mother. So no one can tell me that if your momma or daddy or both if you’re in a 2 parent household is doing the right thing by staying in your ear trying to raise you right that at least 8 times out of 10 these youngins will turn out alright as my sisters and brothers and I did.

  • BeUtFullSoul

    no Need for ME to say ANYTHING!!..It’s ALL been said in the comments. Have a great day peeps.

  • Quitedeliteful

    And you’d be wanted in three States with a warrant out for your arrest!!!

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    RIIIIght! I live in Chicago, let my fat azz come in there talmbout some damn code, they arresting me for even asking….SMDH…

  • Nita

    White on white crime…that’s what they get. She knew she would get away with it and did because she’s white. She knew they wouldn’t question her, I don’t feel bad for em either.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Sorel has some new bomb azz sandals, I wear a size 9 1/2 and will pay for the shipping to Chicago.

  • YellowSauce

    you took the words … lololol and I’m not usually on that everything is a color conspiracy BUT if this chic were black they would not even let her OR the clothes out of the store AND the cops would have been called …. sometimes you just HAVE to call a spade a spade …..SMH

  • Ramcamedd

    BECKERY = Dead

  • Quitedeliteful

    You got it!!! That blonde wig and blue eyes is gonna have us all looking fly soon.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Chile ain’t that the truth. She probably said I live around the corner on Clark and Addison!!!

  • Li

    But she’s probably working with or for a brother. These brothas know how to get a white woman to do their deeds for them.

  • Li

    An experienced sales clerk / owner would have spotted the scam….sounds to me this was a desperate owner for some sales, or inexperienced.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
    For the owners to fall for this was stupid.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Why does everything have to be about race?

  • Faux Gibbler

    You “fat azz” wouldn’t be stupid enough to try it because you are better than that.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Exactly. I would never fall for that.

  • Faux Gibbler

    A black person actually got away with it, http://www.businessinsider.com/sharron-laverne-parrish-jr-charged-with-apple-credit-card-scam-2014-7 for those of you who say a black person wouldn’t get away with it.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Temisha McDonald another black person who got away with it. Stop blaming the so called white privilege. Thieves come in all races https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/usao-nj/legacy/2014/02/18/McDonald%2C%20Temeshia%20Complaint.pdf

  • Quitedeliteful

    I want her…

  • starbright9449

    Bish already a couple States away scamming people already lol.

  • Chassidy Jackson

    Honestly, I halfway don’t feel bad. She used her white privilege to commit fraud *shrugs*

  • Chassidy Jackson

    ??????

  • Chassidy Jackson

    Get yo ass outta here, how her broke ass love for clothing has anything to do with a bm? ?????

  • Blak

    A bunch of idiots that should be fired ASAP. Customers should only be touching the PIN pad which should be nailed down…smdh

  • Shira Harding-James

    Lol will do…thank you!!

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    “It’s rare for a girl of that age to have purchased so much without blinking an eye, but we really don’t make judgments here,”
    Unless they’re black?
    “We don’t really think that way unless we’re forced to.”
    What would convince you? Just wondering…
    Don’t mind me, I’m just reading in between the lines.

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    Wooord! If she were black, she could have handed them cash and still would have gotten the sideye.

  • bemetoo

    if a black person comes in then its time to start thinking “that way”

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    My sentiments exactly!

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze
  • Ms.Vanilla

    Inside job…

  • abby500

    I LOVE when “they” get scammed by their own. They are so busy discriminating against blacks, while their own are steady ripping them a new one. Good Work!

  • abby500

    Yep yep.

  • abby500

    Because it does. Now scram!

  • Tena

    Damn her hustle game was strong. Never heard of this type of scam before. Of course it helps that she was white.

  • We Can Do This

    Yes. Whites created the concept of race.

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Looks like an aspiring crackhead to me..

  • Damian Jordan

    Whats the code?! LOL

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    She only got away because she was white if she was a young black girl buying 2k or 3k worth of stuff and the card declined they would have politely asked for another card or method of payment ain’t no typing in no code that WE the merchant didn’t get directly from the card company

  • Allihave2say

    Say it ain’t so! Not a white woman? The folks on TMZ would be in shock.

  • Allihave2say

    Yep! I remember one time I was buying a bunch of daycare furniture on a card over $1500 in one transaction. The transaction was declined and my cell began ringing. the salesclerk was looking special and demanded another card despite me telling her to run it again after I verified the purchase with the credit card company. “just swipe the damn card again!”. The company of course cleared it but I got a whisper on the way out the door.

  • Allihave2say

    Temisha learned it from a white person. They are usually the ones with the inside on how credit cards and banking work.

  • Allihave2say

    Do you need a sticker or something for posting this?

  • Jussjess25

    So we pose to feel sorry for a botique who got scammed cause people in society trust white people by default?? U mean to tell me u let this chick give you a random code and didn’t even have the card on hand.. wow white privilege is powerful as hell.. cause a dark skinned person would have neva!!got away with that.

  • Jussjess25

    ???????? exactly

  • Jussjess25

    Thank u

  • Jussjess25

    Yesss exactly

  • Jussjess25

    Thank u

  • Jussjess25

    White on white crime” has me dyin ???

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    White garbage. I don’t care for whites at all. They are scammers.

  • lovelygamour

    did the illnois clerk let her touch the cash register to put the code in. she is either in on it or the girl is really striking and the clerk was starstruck that she was working in a store that that type of girl would shop in. that happens.

  • PynkCloudz

    My first job at 16 was at a clothing store. And guess who was stealing? Older white women mostly.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Nope. Just proving a point for everyone who said a black person would never get away with it… Do you need a sticker?

  • Faux Gibbler

    For phuck sake.

  • Faux Gibbler

    I’ll scram when Auntie Sandra tells me, until then… I’m right here.

  • Bella Boss

    FACT

  • bemetoo

    pure evil …even if a young blk beautiful aspiring model shows up with the money yt people will still question how is she able to pay this and the card is accepted they would say sorry its been declinedmaybeyou should put a few items back

  • Allihave2say

    Do you have one to give me if I do?

  • Chassidy Jackson

    lol GO TO YOUR ROOM!

  • Wayup!

    Right.. But if she were black she wudda been followed around the store and neva given a chance.. Cops wudda been called an all..?

  • Wayup!

    My favorite is when they would bring back some item they bought 20 years ago… And somehow get they $$ back.. Not store credit.. CASH!!!

  • ihatethesebitches

    Would not have worked if she was black. They know they would have questioned it.

  • Cecakes

    Yup! White privileged thief.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    I STAY in my room.. confined to the co-nah