Thursday, 12 February 2009
BBRAeNews No. 33 - Credit Card Fraud.
To Bandar Botanic residents,
Credit Card Fraud.
Per Kind Favour/Contributed By:
Jasmine Yap (Resident of Jenaris Precint)
Subject: BEWARE - VERY SOPHISTICATED WAY TO CHEAT YOU
Some people we knew became victims of credit card fraud and told us about this clever scam. It works like this:
Last Wednesday they had a phone call late morning from a courier service asking if they were going to be home as he had a delivery for them. He said he would there in roughly an hour. He turned up with a beautiful basket of flowers and wine. They expressed their surprise as they weren't expecting anything like this and said they were intrigued to know who was sending them such a lovely gift. The Courier said he was only delivering the gift and the card was being sent separately (the card never arrived). There was a Consignment note with the gift. He went on to explain that because the gift Contained Alcohol he had to charge the recipient $3.50 as proof that he had actually delivered to an adult, and not left it on a door step if the recipient was out, to be stolen or taken by children. This seemed logical and they offered to get the cash. He then said that the company required the payment to be by credit card so that he was not handling cash and everything was properly accounted for. The Husband was there and got his credit card and 'John' swiped the card on this small mobile machine that also had a small screen upon which the husband entered in his pin number. A receipt was printed out and given to them. Between last Thursday and Monday $4,000 was withdrawn from their credit account at ATM machines in the area. It appeared a dummy credit card was made using the details in the machine and of course, they had the husband's pin number. The Bank cancelled their cards and they went to the Police, where the Police confirmed that it was a definite scam and many households were hit.
So PLEASE be wary of accepting a gift you're not expecting especially if the card is not with it.