RCMP warning Islanders not to give credit card information to strangers

Journal Pioneer Staff
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SUMMERSIDE — RCMP are warning Islanders not to give their credit card information out over the phone.

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Island RCMP have received reports of an attempted credit card scam by phone.

Police say that the caller advises the person on the other end that they are from the credit card company and offers to reduce the person’s interest rate to zero if they provide their card number and other information, including the authentication number on the back. 

“The first several digits on most cards from the same provider are the same, and the caller reads those to try to convince you that they have your card number, but need you to confirm it by reading it to them,” said RCMP. “The caller sounds legitimate and is very friendly. In one reported case, the person was convinced to give out their credit card information but, after hanging up, realized that they had been scammed, and cancelled the card before there were any unauthorized charges.”

RCMP said there have been no reports of any monetary losses to date, but want to remind the public not to give out credit card information to people they don’t know.

Anyone who may have received a scam via e-mail or phone call should delete the e-mail or terminate the phone call and report the incident directly to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by email at info@antifraudcentre.ca or by phone, toll free, at 1-888-495-8501.


Organizations: RCMP, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

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