POSTED: 7:10 p.m. HST, May 8, 2012
Hawaii County police are warning the public about a credit card scam.
A caller claims to be from a credit card company's security and fraud department inquiring about a questionable charge to the person's credit card. The caller provides the correct card number, the name of the issuing bank and the cardholder's address, and asks the cardholder to provide the three-digit security code on the back of the card, police said Monday.
Later, the victim finds unauthorized charges to the account because the scammer was able to charge items using the cardholder's security code.
Police advise the public to hang up if they get a call like this and to call the credit card company directly, using the phone number on the credit card rather than a phone number the caller provides.