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Warning issued on credit scams

July 06, 2003

The Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland has issued a consumer alert regarding two credit card scams that are appearing on the Internet.

"Consumers are receiving e-mails from scammers stating that they represent Best Buy or the Discover Card Co.," Nicholas G. Greaves, president of the local Better Business Bureau, said.

"In both cases involving Best Buy, the e-mailers contend that they are from the BestBuy.com Fraud Department. They request information such as the consumers' social security number and credit card information.

"Best Buy reports that these messages are not from the company and recommends that any consumers who have replied to the e-mail should contact their banks or credit card companies immediately," Greaves said.

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"The Discover Card fraud is very similar," Greaves said. "Consumers are being told that their Discover Card is on hold due to inactivity. In order to continue the account, consumers must log in and review the company's privacy policy.

"Of course, the fields you need to complete are your bank account number, password, last four digits of you social security number, mother's maiden name, card member ID and expiration date."

Discover Card has said no such effort is under way by the company.

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