ActionFraud - National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre - Call 0300 123 2040

Visa and MasterCard scam

Credit card holders are being warned about a new scam whereby fraudsters have already got their credit card number and call to ask for the three digit security code.

Visa Debit Card

In a typical scam, a fraudster phones the card holder, and states he is from the Security and Fraud Department of Visa or MasterCard.

The caller quotes his ‘badge number’ to make himself seem more authentic. The caller says that the victim’s card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern and asks if the victim has purchased an anti-telemarketing device for a cost of just under £500. When the victim says they haven’t purchased this product, the caller says they will be issued with a credit to their account.

Don’t give out personal details

The caller goes on to say that he needs to confirm the victim is in possession of the card in order to proceed, and asks for the three digit security code on the back of the card. This number enables the fraudster to make purchases using the victim’s card.

If you receive a call like this, hang up the phone and call your credit card company on a legitimate phone number to advise them that you think your credit card details have been compromised.

Read more about the Visa and MasterCard scam on Easykey’s website.

Please note: Action Fraud is not responsible for the content on external websites.

To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

See also:
Identity fraud and identity theft
Credit card fraud
Experian's Victims of Fraud Survey

Most shared articles

Related articles