New Brunswick RCMP are investigating after a number of credit card fraud reports from businesses across the Acadien Peninsula.
The transactions took place between August 23, 2017 and September 26, 2017. Specifically in three areas, Grande-Anse, Caraquet and Tracadie.
Some of the items being purchased from the business are “generators, tires and rims, wood splitters and snow blowers”, the fraud has been happening by the person calling the store to make the purchase and then asking for the item(s) to be delivered. Only to find out the card has been marked as lost/stolen.
RCMP have released a full statement which includes tips to avoid this type of fraud:
“The Northeast District RCMP is investigating a number of recent incidents of credit card fraud against businesses in the Acadian Peninsula.
Most of the fraudulent transactions were reported to have taken place between August 23, 2017 and September 26, 2017 in the communities of Grande-Anse, Caraquet and Tracadie.
In most of the incidents someone calls local businesses to order big ticket items such as generators, tires and rims, wood splitters and snow blowers. The caller gives a credit card number and says that someone will pick up the items or asks the business to have the items delivered. It’s only after the transaction is completed that the businesses are advised by the credit card company that the card was reported stolen and the transaction is declined, leaving the business to cover the loss of the sale.
Here are some tips and business practices in order to avoid this type of fraudulent activity and potential losses:
- Be cautious when making transactions with credit cards over the phone. Confirm the name, address and contact number of the person calling. Always ask for the three-digit security authorization number on the back of the credit card.
- When items ordered over the phone are being picked up or delivered to a customer, ask to see the credit card to confirm the information is correct.
- Use fraud detection tools such as the three-digit security authorization number on the reverse of the credit card within the signature panel. This will provide protection to the merchant in the event a compromised card number is used.
- Be aware of purchases where multiple cards are used from a single IP (Internet Protocol) address, or those where orders are charged to multiple cards but are shipped to the same address as these could signal fraudulent activity.
- Be alert for transactions with several of the following characteristics: first-time shopper, larger than normal orders, orders consisting of several of the same item, orders made up of ‘big-ticket’ items, orders shipped ‘rush’ or ‘overnight’, and orders shipped to an international address.
To report a suspected fraud: contact your local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at www.antifraudcentre.ca.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Tracadie RCMP at 506-393-3000. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by texting TIP212 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637), or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.”
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