New phone scam circulates through the Okanagan

  • Feb. 3, 2011 12:00 p.m.

A new credit card scam is circulating through the Okanagan, and local Mounties are giving vulnerable residents a heads up.

“The Modus Operandi of this one is both clever and unique in that the caller provides the victim with almost all of the victim’s information except for one crucial piece,” said Const. Steve Holmes, in a press release.

“Their goal, however, is neither clever nor unique. They mean to rip you off.”

How it works is the caller states he or she is from a major credit card company, they provide a false badge number, and tell the victim that they have become aware of an unusual purchase pattern involving an expensive anti telemarketing device, from an Arizona based company.

They then ask the victim if they authorized this purchase.

“Invariably the customer will say they did not,” said Const. Holmes. “From there the fake customer rep will launch into a verification process, with the victim, of information about the victim and the victim’s credit card that the caller has previously obtained.”

Before hanging up, the caller will nonchalantly ask the victim for the three digit security number on the back of the card.

“This is the one piece of information the frauster needs in order to max out the victim’s credit card before the next statement is sent out.”

That means, by the time the victim receives their next credit card statement, the damage has been done.

If you receive a call that sounds anything like this, do not divulge your credit card’s security number. Instead, simply hang up.

“You need to know that your credit card company already knows everything about your card, including the security number, because they are the ones that created it and gave it to you in the first place,” he said.

Just Posted

Outbreak at Okanagan hospital

Gastrointestinal illness reported at Vernon Jubilee Hospital

Kelowna public menorah lit tonight to celebrate Hanukkah

The menorah will be lit tonight after celebrations at 5 p.m. in Stuart Park

Big Band supports children with disabilities in Lake Country

Proceeds from the Okanagan Big Band performance in Vernon supports local kids

Were your hockey cards stolen?

The Kelowna RCMP are looking to reunite a hockey fan with their cards

RCMP look to reunite owner with stolen tools

Kelowna police seek to identify the owner of tablet and tools seized by RCMP

VIDEO: New series takes in-depth look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Black Press takes a hard look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Warriors ground Rockets in Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw scores five in the third period to down Kelowna in Rockets’ third game of prairie road trip

Horgan says pot smokers may face same outdoor rules as cigarette smokers

B.C. is developing its rules on recreational marijuana

Dedicated volunteers look for clues

Police appreciate work of those who provide extra eyes for missing women investigations.

Truck driver volunteers to take dog lost in B.C. back home to Alberta

Frankie, a pit bull service dog, was found wandering in the Lower Mainland

B.C. teacher suspended after explicit images projected to class

Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna had been viewing porn on a school laptop for two years

Man who pledged to give B.C. hockey team millions charged with fraud

Mike Gould has since repaid $8,000 he allegedly owed Cranbrook restaurant, owner says

Horgan on Site C: ‘dammed’ if did, ‘dammed’ if he didn’t

B.C. premier didn’t like keeping massive hydro damn project going, but felt he had to

Strong economy fuels housing sales in B.C.: report

Economist says demand for houses is being supported by a large number of millennials entering the market

Most Read