Retail Stores Bearing Down on Return Fraud

Wardrobing is an Illegal Act

Cases of Return Fraud Could Result in a Felony

WardrobingRetail stores are bearing down with stricter polices for returns to tackle the problem of return fraud and abuse.

One major example of return fraud is wardrobing or wearing clothes and accessories and then returning them to the store for a full refund. Retailer Bloomingdale’s has addressed the problem by attaching “B” tags to clothing valued at $150 or more. Once the tags are removed, the clothing can not be returned.

What individuals do not understand is that it this act is illegal and is a type of shoplifting. Approximately 65% of retailers stated that shoppers returned clothing in 2012 and reported by the National Retail Federation, the cost to retailers for returned warn clothing was estimated at $8.8 billion in 2012.
The penalty could be steep if arrested for retail fraud and can be considered a felony punishable for up to 5 years or fines up to $10,000.

Other cases of return fraud to be aware of are:

• The return of stolen items for full refund that have been shoplifted.
• Price switching by replacing labels with a lower priced tag on merchandise for purchase, then returning at the regular price.
• Purchasing merchandise and switching it with damaged used merchandise and returning the damaged goods to the store.
• Returning merchandise purchased at one retailer for a lower price, and bringing it to another retailer for cash at the higher price.

By reducing return fraud activity, retailer’s will be able to lower costs and safeguard net sales and deliver better service to their shoppers.

If you or someone close has been charged with return fraud, call a bail bonds agency for assistance. Our bail bonds agents in Clearwater Florida are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call one of our bail agents at 727-592-0000.