Possible Credit Card Scam

I received this email this morning at my regular workplace. I can’t verify that this is actually a scam it is plausible and can be done. I advise anyone to be careful about giving out credit card information and if you get a call out of the blue to check on fraud, they should not be asking you for the verification code on your card. If they truly work for Visa/Mastercard they would not need that to verify the card or to credit the card. In fact the only time they may ask for it is if you call Visa and they might need it to ensure that you are the actual card holder.

> >Royal Bank of Canada received this communication about the newest
> >scam.
> >This is happening in southern Alberta right now and moving.
> >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 &
> >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”MasterCard”.
> >
> >The scam works like this:
> >
> >Person calling says, “This is (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 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”. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card
> >number, the last 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 last
> >3 number 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.
> >
> >We made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is
> >reissuing 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 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. 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. I dealt with a
> >similar situation this morning, with the caller telling me that
> >$3,097 had been charged to my account for plane tickets to Spain ,
> >and so on through the above
> >
> >It appears that this Is a very active scam, and evidently quite
> >successful.

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