The Toronto Strategic Partnership* would like to make the public aware of a “phishing scam” targeting credit card holders.
“Phishing” is a technique used to trick people into providing personal, financial, or password data by leading consumers to believe that a request for information is coming from a legitimate source. In reality, it is a malicious attempt to collect consumer information for the purpose of committing fraud. These requests often ask for information that will be used to commit fraud.
People are being contacted through email, text messaging and phone calls from suspects attempting to get personal credit card details such as credit card numbers, PINs, and the three digit code (CVV2/CVC2) on the back of a credit card.
The Toronto Strategic Partnership recom mends the following steps to protect your credit card data:
− do not provide any personal or credit card information
− ask the caller to provide his/her name, department, and extension
− tell the representative you want to verify their information and end the call
− never use verification provided by the person/entity that contacts you
− take steps to verify what is being told to you by calling the phone number on your credit card or billing statement
− contact your local police to report the incident or the Canadian Anti−fraud Centre for more information on this and other similar scams.