Credit Card Fraud by Fake Telemarketers Warning by Investigators

Friday, December 9th, 2011
Updated: December 9th, 2011
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Internet Crime Complaint Center believes that fraud rings have augmented attempts to masquerade as traffic ticket collectors, credit card issuers as well as Federal Trade Commission to acquire credit card information from soft targets.

With cheaper phone services online and theft of cell phone accounts, there is a revival of the previous credit card telemarketing cheating scam. Bill Capo, a WWL-TV undercover reporter showcased such a case in New Orleans. A phone call was received by one of the viewers from a person pretending to be a bank’s customer service representative, asking her to register for a new credit card giving a low opening rate.

The viewer hung up as she suspected fraud and later dialed the number recorded on her Caller ID. She was only able to connect to a pre-recorded message saying that the number was not in use. In case she had responded to this fake offer, according to Capo, it would have been an opportune chance for the fraudsters to steal her identity with the collected information.

Telemarketing credit card fraud deceits its victims of property or cash by the use of telephone number. It is generally accomplished by promising services or goods in exchange of credit card and bank account details.

Some tips are offered by the Better Business Bureau for customers who feel that they have become a casualty of credit card fraud.

The victim should contact the issuer. By law credit card losses are limited to $50 for each account but the better credit cards safeguard clients from all liability. On the other hand, card users can go down by $500 from connected bank accounts in case the bank is not alerted on time.

Get in touch with the authorities by filing a report with the local police. It can avert the possibility of customers from being held accountable for potential fraudulent debts. Credit reporting bureaus have the power to block or stall attempts made to open accounts with information which has been stolen.

It is very important for consumers to stay vigilant and they should check online transaction alerts and statements on a regular basis for any signs of fraud.

It has been estimated by the industry and enforcement officials that the average stolen dollar amount in archetypal identity theft case is below $100. Even then banks and consumers must be vigilant regarding telemarketing credit card frauds.

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