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LATEST CREDIT CARD SCAM
This one is pretty slick since they
provide YOU with all the information, except the one piece they want.
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 e
$500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the
credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is that correct?'
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. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are a 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.
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 these 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.
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