Tampa Fraudster Scams Apple Out of $309,768

Tampa Fraudster Scams Apple Out of $309,768

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A Tampa man has been accused of scamming Apple out of $309,768 by using fake override codes for denied debit card transactions.

The fraudster, Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr, would rack up thousands of dollars in a single transaction at an Apple store. When his debit card was denied, he would act surprised, and pretend call his bank assuring the clerk the funds were available. Eventually, he would give the Apple store employee a fake authorization code into the credit card reader. Since the override code is not actually unique, and any code will work, the transaction goes through and the culprit walks out of the store without paying anything.

"It does not actually matter what code the merchant types into the terminal," the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey stated publicly in February after a similar case there. "Any combination of digits will override the denial."

Parrish reportedly hit stores across Florida, a Secret Service criminal complaint notes. In fact, he did this scam known as a 'forced sale' 42 times. He is currently held without bail in Pinellas County Jail.

To prevent such a scam, the store clerk should be the one who calls the bank for an override code, but clearly that's not what happened at these Apple stores. A spokeswoman for Apple in Cupertino declined to say if the company has changed any policies at its retail stores.

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Tampa Fraudster Scams Apple Out of $309,768

Bad Apple - July 31, 2014 at 2:33am
That goes to tell you that they are a bunch of GayBoys Wannabe Geniuses. Apple employees are the dumbest ever, they know shit of what they are selling now, they are only trained to rip people off and to just take their money no matter what, and into making them believe they are buying good stuff. Hello 42 times, I mean you must be really dumb and stupid. 42 times Apple GayBoys....hahahahaha Bad Apple
ALS - July 28, 2014 at 11:34pm
I can't believe our banking system allows this. You would think in this day and age that the computer would verify that the code is actually good. Of course this guy is a dumbass anyway. If he had done it just once he might have had a chance of getting away with it. And same on apple for letting a customer put in the code. You would think they know better than that.
iCrookrified - July 28, 2014 at 10:07pm
If Obama had a son........
USucjA$$ - July 29, 2014 at 7:23am
If Clinton had a son... Oh wait.. He may have a few out there.
Fukran John - July 28, 2014 at 8:45pm
He did this 40 plus times for 300k. And Crapple noticing now ? ROFL. Stupid. He should have caught in the first transaction. lol.
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