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Credit card scam

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Notice of Credit Card Scam from the Bloomington, IL Police Dept

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This one is pretty slick since they provide YOU with all the
information, except the one piece they want.
Note, the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have it. This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA and MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam works, you'll be better prepared to protect yourself.
One of our employees was called on Wednesday from 'VISA', and I was
called on Thursday from 'Master Card'.
The scam works like this:
Caller: 'This is (name), and I'm calling from the Security and Fraud De-partment at VISA. My Badge number is 12460. Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify.
This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank).
Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a Marketing company based in Arizona ?'
When you say 'No'.
The caller continues with, 'Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is that correct?'
You say 'yes'.
The caller continues - 'I will be starting a Fraud investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 1- 800 number listed on the back of your card (1-800-VISA) and ask for Security.' You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. 'Do you need me to read it again?'
Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works. The caller then says, 'I need to verify you are in possession of your card'. He'll ask you to 'turn your card over and look for some numbers'.
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There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the next 3 are the security Numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card.
These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him.
After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he'll say, 'That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?'
After you say No, the caller then thanks you and states, 'Don't hesitate to call back if you do, and hangs up.
You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the Card number. But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back within 20 minutes to ask a question. Are we glad we did! The REAL VISA Security Department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of $497.99 was charged to our card.
Long story - short -
We made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is re-issuing us a new number. What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card. Don't give it to them. Instead, tell them you'll call VISA or Master card directly for verification of their conversation.
The real VISA told us that they will never ask for anything on the card as they already know the information since they issued the card!
If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN Number, you think you're receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your statement you'll see charges for purchases you didn't make, and by then it's almost too late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud report.
What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from
a 'Jason Richardson of Master Card' with a word-for-word repeat of the VISA scam. This time I didn't let him finish. I hung up! We filed a police report, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking several of hese reports daily! They also urged us to tell everybody we know that this scam is happening.
Please pass this on to all your family and friends.
By informing each other, we protect each other.
Dave White
Public Affairs
Bloomington Police
434-2355

Entry #91

Comments

1.
TenajComment by Tenaj - November 12, 2008, 7:12 pm
Thanks for the heads up Budward.
2.
Comment by budward - November 12, 2008, 7:16 pm
you're welcome, Tenaj
3.
justxploringComment by justxploring - November 13, 2008, 2:49 pm
Thanks, budward.

I never give any information over the phone. I received a couple of calls from scammers and they asked me for some information. I just said "Give me your number and I'll call you back." Often if you google a telephone number you'll see a few links to it, since they are calling a lot of people.

I don't know how they do it, but my caller ID says "International call" yet it has my area code in Florida like 239-555-1234. It looks like a local number, but I can tell the call is from overseas. Yesterday someone with a strong Pakistani or Indian accent said he was Steve from Seattle. I apologize for being politically incorrect, since I realize there are many Americans who come from that part of the world, but it was very suspicious. Actually, it could have been a Nigerian accent to tell you the truth. I just know I said "I can't hear you (I could hear) so please call back and leave a message."

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