Koster alerts Missourians to telephone credit card scam

Thursday, January 29, 2009 | 1:39 p.m. CST; updated 3:06 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 29, 2009

Attorney General Chris Koster warned Missourians on Thursday of people who have been trying to steal credit card numbers by claiming they are from credit card companies and can offer consumers lower rates.

Koster's office has been contacted by consumers who reported that they were contacted by a fake credit card company claiming to offer lower interest rates. The caller claimed to be from a company called Card Services and asks people to enter their credit card numbers to see if they qualify for a better rate.

When thieves acquire credit information, they can use it in minutes to amass online charges that appear later on the consumer's credit card statement.

"This is a typical phishing scam, in that it tries to play on consumers' emotions and excitement at the idea of saving money," Koster said in a news release. "But as always, consumers should never give out their personal information to anyone who contacts them."

The only time consumers should give out sensitive information including Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers, is when they initiate the contact, Koster said.


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