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Credit Card Terminal Error Scam – July 2012

12th July 2012

A scam similar to the tactics of the famous caller claiming there is a virus on your computer which they will help you sort if you give them access to your PC, such callers are also targeting retailers.

The scam artist will contact the store claiming they are a system engineer and that there is a problem with the terminal, which will disrupt service if not immediately rectified. The caller requests the retailer to key in a ‘dummy’ credit card number and process refunds to this card. When the process is finished the retailer is told everything is sorted and to dispose of the receipts.

Unfortunately the card is real, and the retailer becomes liable for the amount refunded especially if they have no receipt or card details.