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Caller phishes for credit card numbers in scheme

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An Ellabell woman got a call from her credit card company's fraud division - or at least that's what the caller on the other line wanted her to think. 

A new wave of credit cards scams has begun where people receive a call telling them that their credit card has been used by someone else. The caller poses as an employee of the customer's credit card company and demands their credit card number. 

Tricia Black only gives her cell phone number to friends and family, but this time it was a stranger calling. 

"He kept asking for a Visa, specifically. And they explained to me their number is a 1-800 number and number two they would not call me and No. 3 they would not ask for my card number over the phone," Black said. She told WTOC she protected herself from being scammed by remembering tips that WTOC has previously provided. 

"I've seen you guys report these before on WTOC. My little voice said, 'Something is not right,'" she said.

Black began taking notes on what was happening. She said the man claimed he was with Visa's fraud division and that they had a man in custody who had used her credit card. He already had all her personal information, even her Social Security number. He just needed her credit card number.

"He was very adament about it and very ugly," Black said about the caller. 

After the caller threatened to let the alleged suspect go free if she did not give her card number up, Black immediately called Bryan County Sheriff's Office. 

"He tried to get the officer to give him my card number as well," Black said. "He would have been sorely dissappointed anyway because there is not much on the card in the first place. It just didn't sit right."

The caller was a male in Memphis who was calling from a 901 area code. He finally stopped calling Black, but she's worried he's moved on to a new victim or victims.

"Just think about the number of people who would get upset and would give him this information and then you are going to have a mess on your hands," she said. "I'm just hoping someone will see this and relate to it and next time they get a funny phone call on their cell phone, alarms will go off and something is just not right."

But, because no money was actually stolen and her card was never really compromised, authorities say there isn't much they can do. Black has also contacted Memphis authorities. 

The key to avoid getting scammed like Tricia Black did is never give up any personal information over the phone or email and make a phone call to your bank and credit card company.

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