TEXARKANA, Texas (KETK) – Multiple incidents of fake credit card scams were reported to the Texarkana Police Department in Texas this week.
According to TTPD, scammers can get away with not paying the big bucks by placing a card without any information on it in the card reader. Since the card contains no information, the transaction takes longer than expected by the employee. After a few seconds of waiting, the scammers will tell the cashier that the card has “two-step verification” and that there are instructions on the card for the cashier to follow.
The card is then given to the clerk and the person directs them to follow the instructions on the back of the card.
“They hand the card to the clerk and instruct them to follow these instructions – to enter the transaction amount and then press the pay button on the register. What they unwittingly do at this point is tell the registry that the purchase is paid for in cash. However, the clerk now believes the credit card transaction has finally gone through and allows the person to walk away with the merchandise,” TTPD said in a Facebook post.
The TTPD warns the public that if anyone tries to pay for items or services with a card or similar circumstances, be aware that it will be a scam