Thieves are Targeting Credit Card Holders With a New Scam - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/9/06

Thieves are Targeting Credit Card Holders With a New Scam

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We all know a credit card number is sacred. Never give your number to anyone but what about the numbers on the back of your card. It's those numbers some thieves are after.

Consumers Affairs is warning of a new scam circulating the country. Thieves who already have stolen account numbers are calling unsuspecting victims. They pose as credit card company representatives and say they are investigating a suspicious charge on your account. They say they need the three digit security code on the bank of your card to make a transaction which will be credited back to your account.

American State Bank, Business Development Executive Vice President Greg Jones says, "If you receive such a call hang up and call your credit card issued toll free number on the card to determine what's valid. The credit card companies normally do not do something like that."

Jones warns you should never give your credit card number, whether it's partial or a complete number, to someone unless you are initiating a transaction. Credit card companies already have your account number.

NewsChannel 111 also spoke with the South Plains Better Business Bureau. They urge you to report any unsolicited calls to your credit card company and to the Better Business Bureau. That number is (806) 763-5554.

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