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Walgreens Shows Vigilance to Prevent Fraud

Two incidents turned out to be on the up and up, but store employees were on the ball.

The employees of the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 435 Main Street took actions to prevent fraud on two ocassions this week, though both incidents turned out to be legitimate.

On July 31, someone attempted to fill a suspicious prescription. Officers investigated and called the doctor. It turned out not to be a fraud.

Then on Wednesday, police said someone attempted to buy a Visa gift card, a birthday card and a bottle of champagne with a credit card.

Lt. Brian McCauley said that raised a red flag because identity thieves often try to purchase gift cards with stolen credit cards. The cashier told the customer she could not accept the transaction with a credit card, so he went to Stepney Wine & Liquor.

Officers saw his vehicle there, interviewed him and were able to determine that the credit card was valid and in his name.

Though both incidents turned out to be fine, McCauley credited Rite Aid for being vigilant in trying to prevent fraud from happening before it takes place.

Todd Keeping August 04, 2012 at 05:30 PM
What does that have to do with Walgreens? And why would the pharmacy call the police before the doctor? That's not vigilance it's stupidity.
Peg August 04, 2012 at 06:59 PM
AJ makes a good point. Also when did Rite Aid begin carrying wine? I always buy gift cards with my credit card. I've never been denied. Something is missing from this story. Rite Aid/Walgreen's need to be clarified so I know where to avoid shopping. Please correct your article.
QWERTY August 05, 2012 at 01:59 AM
If the transaction is suspicious, why not ask the customer for his/her ID first?

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