Significant arrests made in credit card scam
By UK CreditCards.com
Progress has been made in catching fraudsters behind a credit card scam, according to the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU).
The DCPCU arrested two men in connection with the scheme, which involves consumers being called by people purporting to be from a credit card provider. Victims are told that a fraudulent purchase has been made with their card and are asked to confirm details, including vital information such as the PIN. The fraudsters are then able to use this information for various purposes, including credit card cloning.
DCPCU commander John Folan commented: "Our high quality detection and operational work results in successful raids such as these, which effectively disrupt the criminal elements responsible, sending out a clear deterrent message to other organised gangs."
He warned consumers to never give out passwords or PINs over the phone or via email, no matter who people claim to be.
If people receive a phone call and are concerned, they should hang up and call the organisation back on a number "that you know is correct," he added.
Published: 4 May 2009
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