Ottawa merchants being targeted by stolen credit card scam

Ottawa police are warning of a scam in which fraudsters obtain goods from unwitting merchants using stolen credit cards.

The police department’s organized fraud section has identified what it calls an ongoing fraud trend in which small businesses get phone orders for gifts or food that supposedly a gift for a family member and always includes the demand for cash.

For example, the fraudster might order a fruit basket or flowers and ask for $50 cash to be added to the card.

They then pick up the item at the business, which doesn’t learn until later that the credit card was stolen.

Read more at Ottawa Citizen

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.

Kayla Kuefler is the head writer and social media producer at Canadian Fraud News. Kayla was born-and-raised in Edmonton, Alberta and moved to Toronto in 2013 to pursue her Bachelor of Journalism at Ryerson University. Kayla has previously interned at Global News Edmonton, Global News Toronto and CBC News in London, England.

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