It's a Scam - BEWARE!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty, Pensacola

This bit of information was passed on by our in office loan rep  According to it is true and is happening, it hasn't happened to me, but better to know than not.

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 & Master Card Telephone Credit Card Scam Works, you'll be better prepared to protect yourself. 

An Employee of a company was called on Wednesday from "VISA" and another person 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 Department at VISA.  My Badge number is 12460.  Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and Im calling to verify, this would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank). Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketng Device for $497.99 from a Marketing company based in ???'

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 patter that flags most cards.  Befre 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 ten says, "I need to verify you are in possession of your card."  He'll ask you to turn your card over and llok for some nubers.  There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the nex 3 are the security numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card.  Theses are the nubmers 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
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 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, friends and
> neighbors. By informing
>                         each other, we protect each other.
>                         Neighbors helping neighbors; always the best
> policy!


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  1. Robert Machado 02/01/2010 04:17 PM
  2. Alix Pinzon 02/01/2010 04:59 PM

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Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Toni,  I am amazed at all the scams that are out there.  Thanks for the warning.

Feb 01, 2010 03:49 PM #1
Deena Cottingham
GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography - Calgary, AB
Home Stager & Photographer

I have heard of this, as well. If only people put as much creative effort into something legitimate!

Feb 01, 2010 03:53 PM #2
Stephanie Reynolds
Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. - Santee, CA
East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408

Thank you for the warning. It is unbelievable the things that people can come up with to rip us off.

Feb 01, 2010 03:53 PM #3
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

I have heard of this before.  Security at banks may call you but always call the bank fraud unit before you discuss anything about your card.

Feb 01, 2010 04:04 PM #4
Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management

That is a good scam.  I will let some people know about it.

Feb 01, 2010 04:16 PM #5
Gary Swanson
Century 21 Harris & Taylor - Grants Pass, OR

Toni, thanks for the heads up.  It is amazing how many scams there are out there and how sophisticated they're getting.

Feb 01, 2010 04:26 PM #7
Alix Pinzon
Southern California Mortgage Lending - La Habra, CA
Lic# 1167761

Very good tip!  These are always fun to read too.

Feb 01, 2010 04:57 PM #8
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Toni, I am amazed at all the scamers, if they put that same energy into a legitimate operation, they would be just as successful as they are with scaming, what a shame

Feb 01, 2010 05:10 PM #9
Toronto, ON

Scammers are getting more proficient all of the time.  It is important to always be on guard.

Feb 01, 2010 09:46 PM #10
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