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This has been passed on to me ... Beware
Visa and MasterCard scam
My husband was called on Wednesday from "VISA" and I was called on 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 to read 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 colleagues.
PASS IT ON!
A friend sent me this today you may already know about it but i thought i would post it just in case.Sounds real and could fool some people,into giving details out.
Its real ok, I got it from the royal bank of scotland today.
Its a Hoax see click here , dont pass it on :o)
What actually happens with Barclaycard if they suspect a fraudulent transaction on your card they (a) block the card and (b) write to you (NOT e-mail) telling you what they've done and giving a phone number to unblock your card.
I know this from personal experience after a couple of "binges" in France just before and after Christmas.
Also see previous thread on this subject
As stated it is a scam.Barclaycard/Visa/Mastercard will not telephone or email this type of information or request to their customers.They will write only.
Ok will close the thread good to see you already know.
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