A pair of postings   by the new Fan Area Business Alliance yesterday have word about a scam targeting local retailers: FRAUD WARNING: A FABA member just reported that a number of businesses in the Carytown, Museum District and Fan District were victims of PayPal card fraud yesterday and today, with one Carytown business […]
FRAUD WARNING: A FABA member just reported that a number of businesses in the Carytown, Museum District and Fan District were victims of PayPal card fraud yesterday and today, with one Carytown business allegedly hit for over $1,000. She talked with one victim within the hour. According to reports: International / European couple; present a prepaid PayPal card; requires the merchant to enter a code; the code locks the merchant’s account and the code authorizes the transfer of funds out of the merchant’s account.
Fraud Warning Richmond Businesses: FABA has talked with another credit card scam victim (lost over $1k) – a business in Carytown, and learned that the suspects were on Robinson Street within the last few hours where they tried to scam Halycon Vintage Clothing around Noon. Facts:
- Man and woman speaking with thick accent, say they are Hungarian
- Shop for expensive items
- Present a credit card for payment
- The card is unusually looking, flat (no raised numbers) and says PayPal and Mastercard.
- The cards works when swiped but system asks for manual entry of “code” written on the card’s back
- Apparently, the code authorizes a manual data entry – which apparently is done remotely.
- Known to have targeted retail, walk in business (food store, clothing stores, gifts)