Beware! Credit Card Scams

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Real Estate Agent with Force Realty S.0172972

Beware! Credit Card Scams

 

 So about an hour ago I get a call from 1000, yes that is the number that showed up on my caller ID. That should have been my first hint but I thought maybe it was a call from my wireless provider to tell me how great I am and that they were gonna give me free cell service for life! Turns out it wasn’t. In addition to being bummed about that I was also sketchy about the call.

 

 It was a automated system telling me that my MasterCard account had been locked. I had just used my card 20 minutes earlier and the purchase was less than $20 at a store I typically shop at. That was my 2nd hint. The system proceeded to tell me; “to reactivate your card press 1”, I did press it but not without hesitation(I had recently opened an MC account and wasn’t sure if this was protocol) then when it asked for me to input my card number I hung up.

 

After I hung up I called my bank and told them what had happened. They told me that it was not them and my account had not reported any suspicious activity. Glad I called!

 

I just wanted to post this as quickly as possible to make people aware of this apparent scam. Criminals and scam artists continue to become more and more creative. After talking with my bank I looked online to see if I could find anything similar. I found a couple articles. A previous credit card scam and also some internet protocol to follow. It is actually a little funny.

 

Be careful and protect yourself!

Comments (3)

Jeffery Newton
Redlands, CA

Yes, this scam has been going on for quite a while.  With the cheap VoIP phone numbers available, it makes a real easy thing to do.

Feb 28, 2011 01:37 PM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

From email scams to telephone scams, and now even Snail Mail scams directing you to call a Toll-Free Number.  

The Scammers are playing a Numbers Game... they know that it they spam or call or mail thousands of people, they will find some Takers.

Don't be one of them!

Feb 28, 2011 02:15 PM
Judi Boad
ACCURATE REALTY GROUP - Seattle, WA

Hi Brandon,

I can't believe it! What you experienced just happened to me as well! I got a call while I was working saying the same thing. I went as far as you did, when they asked for my card number I hit 0 to get a live person and see what happened. 

I hung up when no one responded but never suspected it was a scam until I read your post!

Thanks for the tip.

See you in the rain...

Mar 24, 2011 05:39 AM

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