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13 August 2007, 8:10 am. 1 Comment. Filed under Opinion.

I got an email from my brother in law and thought I’d share it. Yes, I did check it out on Snopes!

This one is pretty slick since they provide YOU with all the information, except the one piece they want.

Note, the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have it. This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam works, you’ll be better prepared to protect yourself.

One of our employees was called on Wednesday from “VISA”, and I was called on Thursday from “Master Card”.

The scam works like this: Person calling says, “This is (name), and I’m calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460. Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I’m calling to verify. This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank). Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a Marketing company based in Arizona ?” When you say “No”, the caller continues with, “Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is that correct?”

You say “yes”. The caller continues – “I will be starting a Fraud investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 1- 800 number listed on the back of your card (1-800-VISA) and ask for Security.

You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. “Do you need me to read it again?”

Here’s the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works. The caller then says, “I need to verify you are in possession of your card”. He’ll ask you to “turn your card over and look for some numbers”. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the next 3 are the security Numbers’ that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him. After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he’ll say, “That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?” After you say No, the caller then thanks you and states, “Don’t hesitate to call back if you do”, and hangs up.

You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the Card number. But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back within 20 minutes to ask a question. Are we glad we did! The REAL VISA S security Department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of $497.99 was charged to our card.

Long story – short – we made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is reissuing us a new number. What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card.

Don’t give it to them. Instead, tell them you’ll call VISA or Master card directly for verification of their conversation. The real VISA told us that they will never ask for anything on the card as they already know the information since they issued the card! If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN Number, you think you’re receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your statement you’ll see charges for purchases you didn’t make, and by then it’s almost too late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud report.

What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from a “Jason Richardson of Master Card” with a word-for-word repeat of the VISA scam. This time I didn’t let him finish. I hung up! We filed a police report, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking several of these reports daily! They also urged us to tell everybody we know that this scam is happening.

I know this is old, but it’s always a good idea to remind folks NOT to give out such information.  Too many sleaze balls want something for nothing.

WaPo Employs Juveniles

13 August 2007, 7:11 am. 1 Comment. Filed under Moonbats & Other Animals, Opinion.

Fred, Fred, Fred: Thompson’s Challenge Has a Name

In the swampy soup of hopefuls for the 2008 presidential election, there is a man with a funny name. (No, not that one.)

We’re thinking of the one named Fred (Thompson).

Say it out loud. Do it. Fred. Fred. In the South, Fray-ud.


It has the tonal quality of something being dropped on the floor, something heavy and damp-ish.

Waterlogged paper towel.


The phonetics of the name seem integral to its image problem: On, a “Fred” is defined as “a person who does stupid, annoying, or idiotic things” (Fred Flintstone, Fred Mertz). The best-case descriptors a Fred can hope for are terms like well-intentioned, predictable, benign (Fred Rogers).

There has never before been a major presidential candidate named Fred. There were two Alfreds, in 1928 and 1936. But Alfred, being all British and Batman-y, is not the same.

Then, out of almost nowhere, came Thompson, who is transcending the notion of Fred.

Recent media accounts of the guy (who has not yet officially announced his candidacy) would have us believe that being a Fred means Law & Orderly sex-in-a-suit, a name exuding such flypaper pheromones that people find themselves helplessly drawn in. Chris Matthews dedicated three minutes of a recent “Hardball” to exploring Thompson’s sex appeal. London’s Sunday Times last month interviewed a bevy of his ex-girlfriends, all of whom have drunk the Fred-Aid: “He’s majestic,” said country singer/Fredophile Lorrie Morgan. “Women love a soft place to lay and a strong pair of hands to hold us.”

Wa wa wa! This MONICA is attacking the man’s name? Is that the best she’s got? Or perhaps she’s just jealous because another MONICA got to crawl around the floor in the Oval Office! Either way, I don’t think I’ve read anything so childish written by a suppose journalist in a very VERY long time.

Go, read the rest. Pathetic!

Is it possible to have even less respect for the Washington Post….than none?

Morning Coffee 8/13/07

13 August 2007, 6:55 am. Comments Off. Filed under General News.

Karl Rove, Top Strategist, Is Leaving the White House

Karl Rove, the political adviser who masterminded President George W. Bush’s two winning presidential campaigns, is resigning, the White House confirmed today.

In an interview published this morning in The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Rove said, “I just think it’s time,” adding, “There’s always something that can keep you here, and as much as I’d like to be here, I’ve got to do this for the sake of my family.”

And the left goes wild! Wonder who they are going to claim is running the White House, and country, now?

Potter teen will not face charges

A French teenager who was arrested for publishing his own complete translation of the latest Harry Potter novel online will not be prosecuted.

I’m impressed! The kid actually sat down and translated the WHOLE book, online? Now that’s some dedication! BTW, judging by the picture, the British version has a much cooler dust cover.

The official French language version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is scheduled for release on 26 October.

Why the long delay? Didn’t they realize some enterprising kid would sit down and translate the WHOLE book? Or at least figure someone might.

Ahmadinejad replaces key ministers

Ahmadinejad was elected on a populist agenda in 2005, promising to bring oil revenues to every family, eradicate poverty and tackle unemployment. His failure to keep those promises has provoked increasingly fierce criticism from both conservatives and reformists in recent months.

Looks like he’s trying to secure his position. And the Iranians actually voted for this guy. Go figure! I wonder if he’s getting some pointers on how to be a dictator from his new best bud, Chavez.

Author says arms sale to Saudi government is dangerous move

A terrorism analyst for Fox News says instead of giving Saudi Arabia billions of dollars in complex weapons, the U.S. should be using the money to help prevent the spread of Wahabbi Islam and deter future generations of jihadists.

I honestly find it hard to believe that anyone would think this is a good idea.

DPS tracked troopers’ encounters with illegal immigrants

The Department of Public Safety has for two years been quietly tracking how often state troopers come into contact with illegal immigrants. But after receiving questions from The Dallas Morning News, the agency said the study would be discontinued.

Critics allege that some troopers were requiring Hispanic drivers and passengers to show Social Security numbers or immigration papers during traffic stops to gather data for the study.

So what’s the problem? Said critics are advocates for laws breakers, and I don’t see that they should have a say any ANYTHING!

Report: Taliban Hand Over 2 Female Hostages

Two South Korean women hostages kidnapped by Taliban militants in mid-July were handed over to officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross on Monday.

The two women, who were crying, got out of a dark gray Toyota Corolla driven by an Afghan elder and into two waiting Red Cross SUVs.

The women were among 23 South Koreans kidnapped by Taliban militants on July 19.

When they turn over the other 19, I’ll be impressed. Glad these two are going home though.

Weekly World News dies

Somewhere in Kalamazoo, Elvis weeps: The Weekly World News is folding.

The Weekly World News was not one of those sleazy tabloids that cover tawdry celebrity scandals. It was a sleazy tabloid that covered events that seemed to occur in a parallel universe, a fevered dream world where pop culture mixed with urban legends, conspiracy theories and hallucinations. Maybe WWN played fast and loose with the facts, but somehow it captured the spirit of the age — and did it in headlines as perfect as haiku: “DEAD ROCK STARS RETURN ON GHOST PLANE!”

That’s haiku? I thought it was a headline. Shucks! Now where am I going to get my news?