TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Boston Globe Credit Card Phishing Scheme

Boston Globe Credit Card Phishing Scheme

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 7 Feb 2006 08:47:06 -0500

It has come to our attention that consumers are receiving telephone
calls from companies offering to assist them prevent credit card
fraud. These companies, including one calling itself the "National
Verification Office", are asking consumers to provide the credit card
or bank card information the consumer used to pay his or her Boston
Globe or the Worcester Telegram & Gazette subscription. These
companies are NOT AFFILIATED with the Boston Globe or the Worcester
Telegram & Gazette.

DO NOT RESPOND to these requests for private financial information
from anyone on the telephone regardless of the company name given to
you. These requests are not coming from a legitimate business or
government office.

Neither the Boston Globe nor the Worcester Telegram & Gazette are
asking their customers to provide them with confidential credit card
or bank account information.

An investigator with a law enforcement office is not asking -- and
would not ask -- consumers to provide credit card or bank account
information by telephone.

Consumers should not give personal financial information to someone
claiming to be from a legitimate business, financial institution, or
government agency who contacts you by phone or email. You should only
give private financial information to businesses or government
agencies when you have initiated the telephone call or other

To learn more about what you can do to protect yourself, click on the
link: or please
contact the following agencies:

The Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General - Consumer Protection
One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108
Consumer Hotline 617-727-8400

Federal Trade Commission for the Consumer

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