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4060000000000000..4060999999999999 Visa Scam

 

One of my friends received this from a contact in the Halifax Visa team. A friend was called on the telephone this week from VISA and I was called from MasterCard'.

The credit card scam works like this: A Person calling says, 'This is so and so 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.

Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Company a device/any expensive item, for 3497.99 from a marketing company based in (any town?) 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 3297 to 3497, just under the 3500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (they give 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 800 number listed on your card and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this Control number. They then give 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 (this is where the scam takes place as up until now they have requested nothing!).

They then ask you to turn your card over. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are 1234 (or whatever, as they have your number anyway). The next 3 are the security numbers that verify that you are in possession of the card' (these are the numbers they are really after as these are the numbers you use to make internet purchases to prove you have the card).

'Read me the 3 numbers.' When you do 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.'

The scammers will already have many hacked credit card numbers they would have obtained from hacked credit card number generators or from various credit card number generator downloads. These downloads are available throughout the internet. Even if you place in credit card numbers in your search engine such as 4060000000000000..4060999999999999 visa or visa 4366000000000000..4366999999999999 you get bombarded with real credit card numbers.

They never ask for or tell you the Card number such as the 4060000000000000..4060999999999999 visa number.

My friend telephoned back within 20 minutes to ask a question. The real VISA security department told him it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of £3497.99 was put on our card.

He filed fraud report and closed the VISA card and they are reissuing him a new number. What the scam wants is the 3-digit number and that once the charge goes through, they keep changing 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.

 

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