Credit Card Scam Hits Area

By: James Steiner
By: James Steiner

A new telephone credit card scam is surfacing in the area.
Police say the crooks are targeting VISA and Mastercard customers.
The charge is an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a marketing based company in Arizona.
Victims claim they don't know anything about the transaction.
The caller then wants to issue a credit to your account.
"This is an attempt to obtain credit card information to charge on your account. this is another variation of that to get personal information of someone else,"says Sgt Chuckv Lovitt of theReno Police Department
Sgt. Lovitt says what makes people this scam so believeable...is that the caller says, if you have any questions, call the 1-800 number on the back of your card and ask for security.
The caller gives you a six-digit control number to refer to.
"It gives you the sense there's somebody waiting at that 800 number for your call. makes it more legitimate to the victim that this is VISA calling," says Lovitt
But, here's the important part of the scam.
The caller wants you to verify that you have your card.
They ask you for the last three numbers on the back of your card, next to the security strip.
Local Secret Service agents say all the thieves want" is that secret ccv number to do checks. In this case with that number alone you can make counterfeit credit cards. it's easy to do."
If you don't have any other questions...the caller hangs up, and 20 minutes later a new charge of 497-99 has been made on your account.
Police say why this is a scam.
POlice say thebottom line is simple. Credit card companies never ask you for that information over the phone. They already have the information."


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