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!