Visa and Mastercard Scam!

  LIVING_ON_BORROWED_TIME 19:18 16 Jan 04
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Here is a copy of an email I received recently. Whether its true or not doesn't really matter but its something I feel everyone should be aware of::


PLEASE READ IT IS VERY SCARY- WHAT PEOPLE DO FOR MONEY THESE DAYS

Subject: Visa and MasterCard scam

This is a clever scam .. watch out for it !!
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Visa and MasterCard scam
My husband was called on Wednesday from "VISA" and I was called in 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 Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device/ Any expensive item
for £ 497.99 from a marketing company based in Anywhere?" 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 0800 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 toread 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.HE 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 as a new number.
What the scam wants is the 3 digit number and that 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. REMEMBER: THE REAL VISA REINFORCED THAT THEY WILL NEVER
ASK FOR ANYTHING ON THE CARD (THEY ALREADY KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT US)!!!!.
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 coworkers. PASS IT
ON!

  Smiler 19:25 16 Jan 04

The question to ask here is how did the caller get your card number, name and address. Is this information on your computer if so do you have a firewall?

  LIVING_ON_BORROWED_TIME 19:30 16 Jan 04

Hi Smiler

This didn't happen to me it is just an email that has been forwarded from a friend.

  Jester2K 19:35 16 Jan 04

Oh dear god... then its probably a hoax then.... Think about it.

  Jester2K 19:38 16 Jan 04

click here

According to Snopes questions with Mastercard, it has happened but there are no statistics...

  sidecar sid 19:40 16 Jan 04

More or less word for word.

  Forum Editor 21:45 16 Jan 04

I've had the same email forwarded to me - as have tens of thousands of other people. I hope you didn't forward it to all your contacts?

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