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  • Identity Theft Alert

    Got this from work. They're getting sneakier...


    Citibank has advised of a new Identity Theft scam. Please share this e-
    with your hierarchy:

    The scam works like this: Person calling says, "This is (name) and
    I'm calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA (or any
    other credit card issuer). 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, which was issued by (name of bank).
    Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a
    Marketing company based in Arizona?"

    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 1-800
    number listed on the back of your card (1-800-VISA) and ask for
    Security. You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then
    gives you a 6-digit number. "Do you need me to read it again?"

    Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works. The caller then says
    he needs to verify you are in possession of your card. He'll ask you to
    "Turn your card over and look for some numbers." There are 7 numbers;
    the first 4 are part of your card number, the next 3 are the security
    numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the
    numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have
    the card."

    The caller will ask you to read him the 3 numbers. After you tell the
    caller the 3 numbers, he'll say, "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?" After you say "No,"
    the caller then thanks you and states, "Don't hesitate to call back if
    you do," and hangs up.

    You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the
    Card number.

    What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the
    card. Don't give it to them. Instead, tell them you'll call the credit
    card issuer directly for verification of the conversation. The card
    issuer will NEVER ask for anything on the card (they already know).

    Call the card issuer immediately! Your identity has been compromised.
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    Re: Identity Theft Alert

    wow, slick stuff.
    i have a gold and platinum VISA card from wells fargo. if there's any problems, my personal bankers will be happy to help me out. they gave me advices on how to protect my IDENTITY.

    so yea ;)




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