RNC Issue Warning to the Public RNC Issue Warning to the Public Visa and Master Card phone scam.

Written by on December 5, 2014

rncmr(ST. JOHN’S, NL) –December 5, 2014 – The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC)

is warning the public of a fraudulent credit card scam that has been recently reported in

the St. John’s area.


The Economic Crime section of the RNC are advising to beware of phone calls coming

from individuals posing as Visa or Mastercard representatives trying to get your personal

information such as your three digit security code on the back of your card. The

individual will try to convince you that there has been fraudulent or suspicious activity on

your card and that they need to verify that you are in possession of the card, and ask for

the digit security code on the back of the card. The individual may be convincing by

providing you with some of your personal information, to make you feel that it is


Visa does not call or email cardholders requesting their personal account information. If

you received such a call do not provide your information and hang up. If you wish to

confirm whether or not a call is legitimate, call your bank from the number on the back of

your card and they will be able to tell you whether or not there has been any suspicious

activity on your card.

The RNC would like to remind the public if you receive any type of unsolicited mail,

phone call, email or pop-up message that asks for any type of personal information, not

to respond and to delete or discard it immediately. If you are conducting any type of

business online or over the phone to make sure you know who you are dealing with.

Anyone with information regarding these type scams or any similar incidents is asked to

contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can

now provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at


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