This is a new one to me. I have had calls about my Internet connection from ‘Telstra’ and ‘The Do Not Call Register Department’, but this time was quite different.
The caller identified himself as being from ‘Visamaster’ (VisaMaster?). He stated that he was calling from the fraud department, about a $900 payment that was being made to Nigeria using my credit card. Did I approve it?
I asked for the last four digits of my credit card… “Sir, we are not authorised to give that out”. My surname? He got that right. The bank that issued my card? He named one of the big four… and guessed wrong.
After this, I asked him to again confirm the name of his company.
Him: “I am calling from Visamaster”.
Me: “Okay, so I’ll just Google that name…”.
“Sir, if you don’t want to block this transaction…”.
Me: “Yes, block it”.
Him: hangs up.
I hate to have to say this, but feel that it is an important piece of information for readers: the caller’s accent sounded Indian.
While I presumably threw the caller totally off-script, the intent is probably to get the target’s credit card details - after which one will shortly make a large overseas payment.
Anyone else heard this variant yet?