Thursday, July 17, 2008

Madison Robocall Credit Card Scam

Watch out! I just got a robocall from "Visa and Mastercard" saying that my credit card rate was going up, but that I had been selected to receive a lower fixed rate. To receive this special rate all I had to do was press six to talk to a customer service representative.

Of course I pressed six. I let the guy go through his spiel , then I asked him what company was doing the calls. He said "Visa and Mastercard." So I said, "No, what company are you working for?" He immediately hung up on me. Pretty safe bet this is an identity theft scam. If you get a call like this, particularly if you have caller ID and can get the originating phone number, please call the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection, 608-224-4949, and let them know about it.