Fake Barcodes Costing Retailers Billions
shoplifting. People are making fake barcodes with lower prices than the originals and putting them on merchandise. Police say a man did that so he could pay a cheaper price for legos. Now, he faces four felony counts of burglary. Officers say he covered up existing barcodes on the products with forged labels he created. The retail industry doesn't track barcode fraud separately but along with other losses, retailers paid a high price for theft in 2010.