Police alert businesses of credit card fraud

Your Orangeville Police Service is alerting local businesses to be vigilant of fraud when accepting large orders over the phone and payment is made using a credit card.

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019 a business in Orangeville contacted police to report that they had been the victim of a fraud involving credit cards. On July 4th and 5th 2019, two orders were received over the phone and paid for using credit cards. The goods were picked up the same day that they were ordered. Several days later, the business was advised by their bank that the credit cards were fraudulent. The business was charged back over $26,000.

A similar incident occurred in mid-June when a local auto repair business was defrauded out of $3700. In January, a local business became suspicious of a phone order for $3500 worth of goods. The business delayed processing the order until hearing back from their financial institution. The business was advised that the credit card used had been reported stolen.

Police remind businesses to be vigilant regarding large purchases using credit cards over the phone. Whenever possible, make sure the cards are pre-authorized before completing the transaction. If a customer offers several credit card numbers that keep being declined, it’s a sign that the person trying to make the purchase may be using fraudulent credit cards.

Anyone having further information is encouraged to call the Orangeville Police Service at 519-941-2522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestopperssdm.com.

Posted on July 26, 2019