O'Fallon, Mo. police warn residents of widespread credit card scam

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 4:49 PM

(KMOV) – Police in O’Fallon, Mo. are warning residents about a credit card scam that has recently hit residents in the Midwest.

According to police, someone recently called their department saying they were the victim of a scam in which someone contacted them claiming to be from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA.

The victim said the person told them their “card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I’m calling to verify.”

The victim then answered a series of questions and eventually gave their three-digit security number on the back of their card to whom they thought was a VISA employee.

According to the O’Fallon Police Department, “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.”

The victim called a real VISA security department within 20 minutes and was told they had been scammed. It turned out the fake employee charged nearly $500 to the victim’s card five minutes before.

Police are warning residents to be aware of the scam and never hand out their three-digit security numbers. 

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