Have A Return? Retail Fraudsters Are Making That More Difficult

A new twist in shopping — return fraud — has some retailers clamping down on policies.

Illustration of a black van with the words Returns & Refunds written across its side, against a blue background
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While you may notice that some stores are letting you keep your returns under so-called "keep it" policies that help them defray costs, others are beginning to crack down on those very same return policies. 

Why? Two words: Return Fraud.

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Jamie Feldman

Jamie Feldman is a journalist, essayist and content creator. After building a byline as a lifestyle editor for HuffPost, her articles and editorials have since appeared in Cosmopolitan, Betches, Nylon, Bustle, Parade, and Well+Good. Her journey out of credit card debt, which she chronicles on TikTok, has amassed a loyal social media following. Her story has been featured in Fortune, Business Insider and on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS News, and NPR. She is currently producing a podcast on the same topic and living in Brooklyn, New York.