A Nordstrom worker at Tysons Corner Center was allegedly scammed into providing thousands of dollars worth of gift cards by someone who claimed to work for the retailer’s IT department.
The Fairfax County Police Department began investigating the incident, which occurred on Feb. 7 and 8, after a man had the store employee make purchases, perform returns onto Nordstrom gift cards, and add money to the cards, a police affidavit said.
Over $10,000 was placed onto the gift cards, and most of the money was used within a few hours. Nordstrom’s loss prevention team confirmed the caller didn’t work for the company, a police officer said in the affidavit.
The calls came from a 248-area phone number, suggesting the man may have contacted the store from Michigan.
The Seattle-based company didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.
The company last issued a fraud alert in October, notifying customers about fraudulent emails impersonating a Nordstrom beauty influencer and affiliate program.
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