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Visa & MasterCard Scams
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Visa & MasterCard Scams

Here is an E-Mail I received from a good friend of mine regarding yet another scam:

I have received several attempted scams on email recently, from imitators of Paypal, E-bay, and my internet service provider. They all stated that “my account” with them would expire in 5 days if I did not update my information with them. Then they asked for secure information, which I knew better than to give anyone via email. When I contacted Paypal direct, they sent me a form reply stating that was an attempted scam, and that they NEVER asked for personal information via email, but only on their secure website.

The other scam emails had the same wording in them. I just added them to my junk email list and deleted them.
Now a friend has advised me of this phone scam that is going around. One rule of thumb that I have found helpful is to give information only when you have initiated the call to a number you know is legitimate - never if someone contacts you!
Recently a charge appeared on my American Express that I did not recognize. I called Am Ex to question it, and they immediately cancelled my card (rather than putting in a dispute) and sent me a new one via overnight express. Apparently they recognized it as one of the scams going around.

Below is some new phone scam information I just received. By the way, credit card companies DO keep a spending profile on their customers, and sometimes put a temporary block on your credit card if it appears that someone else may be making illegal charges with your number. When you try to use your card you may be asked to call your credit card company first, to clear it. That is a good safeguard! But note that you have to call them – they do not call you.

Carol

New scam by phone:

We all receive emails all the time regarding one scam or another; but last week I REALLY DID get scammed! Both VISA and MasterCard told me that this scam is currently being worked throughout
the Midwest, with some variance as to the product or amount, and if you are called, just hang up.

My husband was called on Wednesday from "VISA" and I was called on Thursday from "MasterCard". It worked like this: Person calling says, "This is Carl Patterson (any name) and I'm calling from
the Security and Fraud department 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 issued by 5/3 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 800 number listed on your card 1-800-VISA and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this Control #". Then gives you a 6 digit number. "Do you need me to read it again?" Caller then says he "needs to verify you are in possession of your card.

Turn the card over. There are 7 numbers; first 4 are 1234(whatever); the next 3 are the security numbers that verify you are in possession of the card. These are the numbers you use to make Internet
purchases to prove you have the card.

Read me the 3 numbers." Then he says "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?
Don't hesitate to call back if you do."

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 dept. told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of $497.99 WAS put on our card.

Long story made short...we made a real fraud report and closed the VISA card and they are reissuing us a new number. What the scam wants is the3 digit number and once the charge goes through,
they keep charging every few days. By the time you get your statement, you think the credit
is coming, and then it's harder to actually file a fraud report. The real VISA reinforced that they will never ask for anything on the card they already know.

What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from "Jason Richardson of MasterCard" 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), and they said they are taking several of these reports daily and to tell friends, relatives and co-workers.

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