Credit card fraud Informative - Credit Card Fraud/New Scam
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA -- There is a new scam involving the theft of credit cards from your mailbox. An individual steals credit card(s) out of your mailbox, then uses YOUR own phone line from outside using your own junction box to validate the card.
The way they do this is by plugging in an analog phone directly into your outside phone box. This applies to cards that require validation only by calling from your home phone line.
These cards generally carry a sticker that says that you must call from your home phone to activate this card.
Now, this is just a warning. I don't know of any way to prevent this other than to secure the box. Ours(box) WAS easily opened by a flat-blade screwdriver.
If your credit card company needs something more, such as the last 4 digits of your social, keep in mind, if you have ever worked, you may recieve mail that contains your SSN.
This type of scam is very recent to our area, and, I'm sure has already hit other areas, or, will.