SCAM WARNINGS: ( not 419 / AFF)

Thanks for following cautionary tale recieved today from inside UK law enforcement.

A colleague was called on Wednesday by "VISA" and her partner was called
on Thursday by "MasterCard". It worked like this:

Person calling says, "This is Carl Patterson (any name) and I'm calling
from the Security and Fraud department at VISA. My Badge number is
12460. Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and
I'm calling to verify. This would be on your VISA card. Did you purchase
an Anti-Telemarketing Device / any expensive item for £497.99 from a
marketing company based in Anywhere?"

When you say "No". The caller continues with, "Then we will be issuing a
credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the
charges range from £297 to £497, just under the £500 purchase pattern
that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be
sent to(gives you your address), is that correct?" You say, "Yes".

The caller continues . . . "I will be starting a fraud investigation.
If you have any questions, you should call the 0800 number listed on
your card and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this Control
#". Then gives you a 6 digit number. "Do you need me to read it again?"
Caller then says he "needs to verify you are in possession of your card.
Turn the card over. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are 1234 whatever,
the next 3 are the security numbers that verify you are in possession of
the card. These are the numbers you use to make internet purchases, to
prove you have the card. Read me the 3 numbers." Then he says "That is
correct. I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or
stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other
questions? Don't hesitate to call back if you do."

You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the
card number. But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back
within 20 minutes to ask a question. Are we glad we did! The REAL VISA
security department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a
new purchase of £497.99 WAS put on our card.

Long story made short, we made a real fraud report and closed the VISA
card and they are issuing a new number. What the scam wants is the
3-digit number and once the charge goes through, they keep charging
every few days. By the time you get your statement, you think the credit
is coming, and then it's harder to actually file a fraud report.


What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from
"Jason Richardson of MasterCard" with a word for word repeat of the VISA
Scam. This time I didn't let him finish. I hung up. We filed a police
report (as instructed by VISA), and they said they are taking several of
these reports daily and to tell friends, relatives and co-workers. PASS
The australian variant of the phishing scam, email's you a url + gets you to log in to a convincing faximile of your bank's site AND opens your banks real site in a second browser behind.

When you go to log off, you actually find it has logged you in to your bank's real site> details here,39024655,39118902,00.htm
Spam Warning

Lloyds and Halifax have both been the topic of two phishing spam attacks this week. I guess you may get these if you are a customer or not.

I would anticipate more will follow.

all bank websites advise you ignore these.

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I'm off to hotmail for a couple of quick revenge DDOS attacks